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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

Myrtle spurge - Euphorbia myrsintes - List A species - eradication required

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). 

Conium maculatum
Commonly known as Poison hemlock
 
This plant is a C List species as determined by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
 
-Biennial.
-Member of the parsley family.
-Prolific seed producer.
-Flowers are white (lacy) umbrella-like clusters.
-Fernlike leaves.
-Purple spots on the stem.
-4 to 8 feet tall.
-Blooms from June through August.
-Thrives in moist soil along roadsides and ditchbanks.
-Prolific seed producer.
 
All parts of this plant are highly poisonous, children have been known to be poisoned from using whistles made from the hollow stems.  Adults confuse poison hemlock with parsley, parsnip or wild carrot.
 
  • Poison hemlock Fact sheet
Cicuta maculate, C. douglasii
Water hemlock
 
-A native plant, similar in appearance to poison hemlock.  Leaves are the primary distinguishing characteristic between the two plants. 
 
Category of most poisonous plants in North America, are poisonous to all classes of livestock and humans. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 1:30 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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