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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). 

Hoary cress (aka whitetop)
Cardaria draba - Brassicaceae Family
 
List B species as designated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
-Designated plan is to stop the continued spread of these species.
-Hoary cress must be eradicated, contained or suppressed depending on their location.
 
Characteristics:
Perennial:  reproduces by seed and rhizomes.
Flowers:  white with four petals, has flat-topped appearance.
Leaves:  blue-green, upper leaves clasp stem.
Seed capsules:  heart shaped.
-Hoary cress contains glucosinolates that are toxic to livestock at high levels.
-Difficult to control, the extensive root system can grow up to 50 new plants from one lateral rhizome.
 
                                                                                                            
 

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 1:00 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.   

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