The Nevada Land Conservancy contracted Otis Bay to design and implement an invasive weed control and revegetation plan for Dorostkar Park. A unique and valuable asset to the Truckee Meadows community, Dorostkar Park is an urban nature center that provides river access, a diverse bird population, and valuable educational and wildlife viewing opportunities for the general public, students, and naturalists. Formerly used for agriculture, the park had become host to perennial pepperweed and medusahead, invasive weeds of concern in Nevada. OBEC mapped weed extent, implemented mechanical and chemical weed control methods, and drill seeded the former agricultural fields with a native plant mixture including big sagebrush and Great Basin wildrye. Several large cottonwood trees were transplanted to provide habitat and shade. In addition, Otis Bay planted three gardens containing native shrubs such as mountain mahogany, big sagebrush, and antelope bitterbrush, and installed DriWater, a time-release watering product, to help new plantings through the dry Nevada summer. The shrub gardens have been very successful, and when mature will provide a seed bank of native plants for the park.
This project has been completed.