Weed Warriors are Environmental Stewards
with a Passion for our Parks, Trails, and Open Spaces
Weed Warriors are volunteers from the community working to reduce the negative impact of invasive weeds. All members of the community, including youths and adults, participate in projects that positively affect the environmental health of our public areas, like parks, trails, and open spaces. Volunteers remove invasive weeds and restore habitats with native plants, improving the aesthetic and recreational quality of our public places.
Weed Warrior workshops and projects offer the opportunity to learn about invasive noxious weeds and the havoc they wreak in the environment. Participants experience “hands on” stewardship activities that make a positive difference in the environmental health of the community. Projects include invasive weed removal and habitat restoration with native plants and trees that stabilize the envrionment.
The Weed Warrior program imparts an awareness of local
invasive weed issues and the need for environmental stewardship. In Weed Warrior projects, today’s youth, who
are tomorrow’s citizens, civic leaders, and environmental stewards for the next generation, experience
activities in the local community while learning what it means to be an environmental
All ages participate in the projects that develop a sense of
connection to and responsibility for the natural landscape and public areas,
thus empowering community volunteers to help shape the environmental health of their public
places. Weed Warriors encourages everyone to get involved and challenges all members of the community to become part of
the solution to the invasive weed problem.
Weed Warriors launched their first project in February of 2008 with the massive ivy removal and habitat restoration of the Newcastle Historical Cemetery. Since 2008, volunteers have removed various species of invasive noxious weeds in many locations, reaching over an impressive amount of volunteer time totaling a 6,485.75 hours through 2012. The benefits of the weed control and restoration projects are priceless, since the projects relieve the burden of the local jurisdictions. If a price could be put a value of the total volunteer service hours, this would total $139,242.85. Thank you, Volunteers!
Volunteers and supporters include adults, elementary, middle and high school students from the community; members from Newcastle Trails, Newcastle Historical Society, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Hazen High School, Hazen's Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams, Liberty High School, Northwest Outdoor 4-H Club, Hazelwood Brownie Troop, Boys Scouts from the Community, Newport Woods Association, The International School in Bellevue, Hazen High School Earth Core Club, Hazen Key Club, Newcastle Starbucks, Sweet Decadence, Newcastle Dentistry, Attorneys Maria Victoria, LLP, Orthodontic Excellence, and more.....
Youths fulfilling community service for school requirements are encouraged to participate and give their volunteer time to local stewardship projects.
Weed Warriors wants YOU to become an environmental steward!