2019 Goathead Battle is Beginning-Warriors Wanted!



2019 Goathead Battle is Beginning-Warriors Wanted!

Goathead thorns are nasty buggers.

The flowering goathead plant. Small yellow flowers, shiny waxy leaves. Low rising.

A bigger infestation zone of goatheads.

With rain + hotter June temperatures the primary goathead sprouts are beginning to emerge. Left unchecked a 2” diameter sprout can develop to 12+ toes in diameter. Worse, the plant can produce hundreds of thorns that pop bicycle tires, keep on with pet paws and sneakers bottoms and customarily unfold by way of your neighborhood.

The instant aim of the Goathead Warriors initiative is to get rid of the vegetation whereas nonetheless small and earlier than they dropped any seeds. Warriors scout a piece of the Loop Path, their road and/or neighborhood as soon as each three weeks with a shovel, goathead gloves and three mil rubbish baggage. See a plant? A shovel blade chopping the faucet root kills it immediately. Placing the plant in a Three mil rubbish bag removes the seeds to stop flat tires and re-sprouting subsequent 12 months.

The Wenatchee area goathead interactive infestation map.

The long run aim is to scale back infestation ranges on the riverfront path, on every road and in every neighborhood to zero. As a result of goathead seeds can survive 5+ years within the floor, profitable requires dedication and self-discipline.

Beginning our fourth season on the riverfront path, the Warriors are profitable. By most of final summer season it was laborious to discover a reside goathead plant adjoining to the path. In some “hotspots” it’s nonetheless a battle. And nonetheless viable seeds from earlier years require scouting the whole path system each three weeks. When you’d prefer to volunteer on the riverfront, we’d like Warriors!

June begins our 3rd season battling goatheads in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee neighborhoods. Our goathead interactive map divides Wenatchee into 25 neighborhoods.

Our aim is to have a volunteer Warrior scout every neighborhood as soon as each three weeks. It’s a good way to see fascinating homes and meet enjoyable neighbors. Watching youngsters bicycle of their neighborhood after you clear it’s a good feeling. The identical with canines being taken for a stroll.

In 2017 and 2018 we made spectacular progress lowering infestation ranges in each Wenatchee and a few East Wenatchee neighborhoods. Three precedence targets embody neighborhoods round colleges, decrease revenue neighborhoods with excessive infestation ranges and bike lanes.

All Warriors are issued three normal weapons: a brand new goathead shovel, goathead gloves and three mil rubbish baggage. Warriors who scout 10+ hours earn a cool cammo Goathead Warriors baseball cap!

Please e-mail [email protected] or contact us through the web site if you’re involved in volunteering in your road, block or neighborhood. You may assistance on a spot foundation or cowl an space for the whole summer season. Church teams, bicycle golf equipment, and so forth. may volunteer on a spot or full summer season foundation.

We will win this battle… road by road and neighborhood by neighborhood.  We can not win it with out your assist.


Doug Pauly & Mike Sorenson

Goathead Warriors Coordinators

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