Weed Warriors

Help battle invasive weeds at Land Trust protected properties with Weed Warriors!

What’s faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Invasive weeds!

But wait… there is hope! The Deschutes Land Trust has a secret weapon, a kryptonite of sorts—our Weed Warriors! This dedicated group of volunteers fights for those who cannot fight for themselves, battling invasive weeds at Land Trust protected lands throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Invasive weeds are (you guessed it) plants we don’t want at our protected lands—just like you don’t want weeds in your garden. The trick with invasive weeds, however, is that they are “super weeds” incredibly adapted to take over and win the battle. Native plants just can’t compete and need a leg up to survive and thrive.

We need your help to battle these invasive weeds and help give our native plants —like Peck’s Penstemon, milkweed, and buckwheat— a leg up so they can not only survive, but thrive.

What does it take to be a Weed Warrior? A sense of duty and a willingness to get a little dirty! Our Weed Warriors visit our protected lands (including places not open to visitors) three times a month. Armed with gloves, tools, and determination, the Weed Warriors help make the world a better place. 

Level of Difficulty: Pulling weeds is hard work! The level of difficulty varies but all Weed Warrior work parties require hiking off-trail on uneven terrain, stooping, kneeling, and working in all weather conditions.

Weed Warrior Schedule (May-October):

  • 1st Saturday of the month, 9 am - 12 pm
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 9 am - 12 pm

       **You can join them for one or all of these work parties.**

To join a Weed Warriors work party, visit our volunteer opportunities calendar and sign up!

For more information contact Ginny and Pat at weedwarriors@deschuteslandtrust.org

Meet the Weed Warrior leaders:

Ginny Elliott grew up exploring the gold rush country in the foothills of the Sierras in California. After college, she moved to Iowa where she taught for more than 30 years in elementary and middle school and learned to love the tall grass prairies and wetlands of the north-central states. After retiring, Ginny and her husband Jim moved to Bend to be closer to family and to enjoy year-round outdoor activities. When not volunteering for the Land Trust, Ginny enjoy spending time with family, wilderness, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, crafts and being a steward on her adopted section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Pat Green spent her career exploring the Rocky Mountain’s forests and grasslands as a National Forest ecologist. She has an undergraduate degree is in Archeology, a Master’s in Forest Science, and more advanced coursework in Ecology and Statistics. Even in retirement, she hopes to live her life as a "curious conservationist."