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).
The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska, along with most of South Dakota and Wyoming. Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a tradition for many residents of the Rocky Mountain Region. In doing so, you take an active part in managing your national forests as you celebrate your own family's holiday tradition!
Forest health is important; by removing these smaller trees, you are contributing to the overall well-being of the forest and reducing fire danger.
Please check out information regarding Core Cutting Dates and Permit Information for the Front Range/Denver Metro Areas before you head out to your area.
Persons cutting or removing trees from the National Forest without a valid permit are subject to a fine of up to $5000 and/or six months imprisonment!
For detailed information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r2/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5341324
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:
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.