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Volunteer work day - Red Hills

Some of the volunteers with bags full of weeds they pulled

On May 22, 2004 the BLM Folsom Field Office held a volunteer work day in the Red Hills of Tuolumne County, California. The Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center based in Twain Harte, helped organize the event.

A total of 14 volunteers worked for the entire day pulling yellow star thistle and Italian thistle. Since herbicides are not used for weed control in this area, the volunteers used only small tools to help hand pull the weeds.

Group of volunteers at the Red Hills cleanup

The BLM Folsom Field Office has been battling noxious weeds - particularly yellow star thistle - in the Red Hills for many years using the hand-pulling method. The amount of yellow star thistle appears to have declined over the past few years, giving an indication that the hard work of staff and volunteers is helping us win the war against weeds.

The Red Hills provides habitat for six sensitive plant species and one rare fish species. For more information about the area, please visit the BLM Folsom Field Office's "Red Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern" Web page.

News.bytes, issue 159

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