Weed Warriors

The Weed Warriors Invasive Weed Training Program is held yearly, usually in late winter or spring. This two-day training introduces participants to the principles of Integrated Weed Management and focuses on improving ability to identify noxious weeds of local importance. A small fee is charged for program materials. Class is held live at the Washoe County Extension office and can be videoconferenced to other Extension offices where site proctors are available. Pesticide applicators receive Continuing Education Credits for attending this course.

This is an introductory-level training on common noxious weeds. The course focuses on the identification of 16 high-priority noxious weeds. Common nuisance weeds will also be discussed.

Material covered in 2020:

  • Weed law
  • Identification
  • Biology
  • Management and control of the following noxious “Sinister Sixteen” weed species:

    1. Barbed Goatgrass (Aegilops triuncialis)
    2. Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
    3. Curlyleaf Pondweed (Potamogton crispus)
    4. Diffuse Knapweed (Centaurea diffusa)
    5. Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
    6. Hoary Cress (Cardaria draba)
    7. Jointed Goatgrass (Aegilops cylindria)
    8. Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput- medusae)
    9. Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)
    10. Perennial Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium)
    11. Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)
    12. Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
    13. Russian Knapweed (Acroptilon repens)
    14. Scotch Thistle (Onopordum acanthium)
    15. Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
    16. Yellow Starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis)



Note: You must attend BOTH days to complete this training, and you must preregister.


Reno: 4955 Energy Way, Reno, NV 89502


Melody Hefner

Email: mhefner@unr.edu

Phone: (775) 336-0247

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance must call or notify Melody Hefner at 775-336-0247 or mhefner@unr.edu at least three days prior to the scheduled class.