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).
Contrary to an 80-year old rumor, poinsettias are not poisonous. In the 1970's, the Society of American Florists and Ohio State University investigated the possible toxicity of poinsettias and determined that there was no cause for concern. But they are not considered edible and may cause stomach upset if eaten. In addition, some people have had allergic reactions to the sap, which contains latex.
For more information on Poinsettia, please refer to the Colorado State University Extension fact sheet: Poinsettias No. 7.412 http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07412.html
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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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 1:00 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.