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Forestry and Noxious Weeds
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Forestry and Noxious weeds
Environmental Technician
Tina Travis
Telephone:  (719) 520-7839

Environmental Technician
Bryan Welding
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). 

Euphorbia myrsinites
     -Myrtle spurge
 This plant is an escaped ornamental and now found in many natural areas where it crowds out native vegetation. Myrtle spurge is very invasive.  The Colorado Noxious Weed Act designates this as a plant that must be eradicated! 

-Perennial                                                                                                                             -Reproduces by seed and plant fragments                                                                                 -Seed heads are explosive and can project seeds up to 15 feet.                                                -Flower like bracts that are yellow-green.                                                                                 -Sometimes referred to as Donkey Tail.

Myrtle spurge produces a milky sap that can cause significant skin and eye irritations. Often children will unassumingly pick the pretty flowers.  Always wear gloves when removing this plant.



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.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Noxious Weeds and Forest Health

Additional Information Regarding Noxious Weeds and Forest Health