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Become a Certified Weed Warrior
Weed Warriors are volunteers who work independently on City of Boise properties to manually remove invasive plants. This is a great opportunity for volunteers with an aptitude for plant identification and a willingness to work independently and on your own schedule.
All Weed Warriors must:
- Attend a City of Boise training session on invasive plant identification (including common look-a-likes) and on when to use specific removal treatments. There are two trainings being offered this year on 4/17/21 and 4/20/21. Sign up here. If you cannot make the training, email Martha Brabec and she will work with you directly.
- Demonstrate an ability to identify the target invasive plants and an understanding of the desired removal techniques.
- Receive certification/approval from the City of Boise to remove invasive plants from our properties.
Once certified, Weed Warriors can go out on their own time to any of the designated locations to manage the invasive plants present. Certified Weed Warriors can supervise their family unit or a friend (social distanced of course) to assist tackling the invasive plants.
Weed Warriors are expected to visit properties at least 2 times per month during the growing season (April to mid-October) with each visit being a minimum of 30 minutes. Warriors can choose a single property to focus on or go to several throughout the season.
We currently invite Weed Warriors to work at these locations:
- Chief Eagle Eye Reserve
- Hulls Gulch Reserve
- Hyatt Hidden Lakes
- Military Reserve
- Any pre-approved reserve location of your choosing
Anyone interested should have basic experience with plant identification and be comfortable working in the sagebrush steppe without City of Boise staff present.
The plants we will focus on are treatable and/or newly detected invasive/noxious weeds to include scotch thistle, bull thistle, diffuse or spotted knapweed, goatheads, poison hemlock, dalmatian toadflax, salt cedar, Russian olive and more.