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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). 

Winter Irrigation
Remember, landscape plants need water even in the winter months.  Water is critical to winter survival of all plants in southeastern Colorado.
 
Winters in Colorado are typically sunny and dry.  Given the below normal precipitation that we are already experiencing, these are stress inducing conditions for trees and shrubs.  It takes about 10 inches of snow to equal an inch of moisture.  This is beneficial to the plants only if it melts into the soil rather than evaporate directly into the atmosphere.  Therefore, the snowfall that we receive rarely makes a difference to our landscape plants.
 
To ease these conditions, trees and shrubs should be watered during the winter months.
 
-Apply water when the daytime temperature is above 40 degrees F and when the soil is not frozen.                                                                                                          -Apply mid-day and allow water to soak in before possible freezing at night.                -Irrigate at least once a month.                                                                              -Always remember to drain and disconnect the hose when you are done.                      -A mulch circle around plants is beneficial to retain moisture.
 
For more guidelines on winter watering, please refer to the Colorado State University Extension fact sheet:  Fall and Winter Watering, No. 7.211 
 
                                                                                                            
 

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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