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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). 

Leafy spurge                                                                                                                            Euphorbia esula
This plant is a List B species as determined by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  The control designation is eradication for most parts of El Paso County.
 
One of the first plants to emerge in the spring, producing small clusters of yellow-green heart shaped bracts.  The flower clusters can occur within two weeks after the stems emerge.
 
Leafy spurge is a perennial plant with an extensive lateral root system.  It also produces a large number of seeds.  The combination of a large root system that contains numerous buds which produce new shoots and abundant seed production quickly allow this plant to form a monoculture and exclude native plant species.  The seeds of leafy spurge explode 15 feet.
 
The toxic milky latex that is in leafy spurge can cause severe skin irritations in humans if plant is handled.  It causes severe irritation of the mouth and digestive tract in cattle and horses, the plant also reduces forage for wildlife.  Once land is invaded the value is decreased.
 
The best management for leafy spurge is to prevent its establishment.
 
 
                                                                                                            
 

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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