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Forestry and Noxious Weeds
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Forestry and Noxious weeds
Environmental Technician
Tina Travis
tinatravis@elpasoco.com
Telephone:  (719) 520-7839

Environmental Technician
Bryan Welding
bryanwelding@elpasoco.com
Telephone:  (719) 520-7846

3255 Akers Drive
Colorado Springs, CO  80922
Administration > Environmental Division > Forestry and Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds

El Paso County is committed to developing and implementing policies, procedures, and standards for efficient mapping, monitoring, enforcement, education, and control of noxious weeds throughout El Paso County.  The Environmental Division coordinates and monitors public and private control of noxious weeds utilizing integrated weed management techniques including mechanical (mowing, pulling), chemical (herbicide treatments), biological (insects), and cultural methods (re-seeding with native plants). 

Cirsium arvense
Commonly known as Canada thistle.
 
This plant is a B List species as determined by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
 
-Perennial.
-Member of the Sunflower family.
-Flowers are purple, occasisionally can be white.
-Flowers are in small clusters on the ends of branches.
-Shiny green leaves are spiny, alternate and clasping.
-Erect, hollow stems.
-2 to 4 feet tall.
-Extensive horizontal roots form colonies.
-Blooms June through August.
-Thrives in moist soil along roadsides, ditch banks and disturbed areas.
-Cattle typically will not graze near infestations.
 
Every piece of the root is capable of forming a new plant.  Breaking up the roots by plowing increases the quantity of plants.  This aggressive and creeping plant can spread its roots as much as 18 feet in one season (Nuzzo 1998).  Canada thistle reproduces mostly through its root system.  Although it appears to be an extensive seed producer, viable seeds are generally dropped near the mother plant and the mostly seedless plumes are dispersed by the wind. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forestry

Forest Stewardship is defined as active management of forests and related resources to keep these lands in a productive and healthy condition for present and future generations, and to increase the economic, environmental, and social benefits of our land.  This includes mapping, monitoring, enforcement, education, and management of tree diseases and forest pests.

Private Tree Service Reference List:                                                                  

 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Noxious Weeds and Forest Health

Additional Information Regarding Noxious Weeds and Forest Health

El Paso County Forestry and Weed Advisory Commission (FWAC)

The Forestry and Weed Advisory Commission was created by the Board of County Commissioners to protect the desires and interests of El Paso County that relate to the objectives, goals, and issues of forestry and noxious weed management. 

The Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1:30 pm at the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80922.  For more information regarding the FWAC, please contact the Environmental Division at 520-7871.   

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