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Noxious Weed Management Program

Chicory faded The goals of the program are to:
  • prevent the introduction of new invasive plant species
  • eradicate species with isolated or limited populations
  • contain and manage those invasive species that are well established and widespread

To accomplish these goals the program:

  • implements preventative strategies to reduce the opportunity for new invasive species
  • provides information and resources to local weed managers
  • helps establish local weed management areas emphasizing coordinated efforts among public and private landowners
  • educates public agency staff and private citizens about the negative impacts associated with noxious weeds

Steve Ryder
State Weed Coordinator


Nominations are currently being accepted for membership on the Noxious Weed Advisory Committee.

The state noxious weed advisory committee consists of fifteen members who are appointed by the Commissioner. The members of this committee play an important role in shaping department and state policy for noxious weed management in Colorado. Its recommendations help protect the state’s agricultural and natural lands, as well as landowners.

The Department makes every effort to balance the interests of the committee and to ensure different geographic areas of the state are represented equally. Terms are two years in length and appointees are limited to two full consecutive terms each. The committee meets quarterly, usually three meetings in Lakewood and one meeting elsewhere in the state.

Positions becoming vacant in November include:

  • Municipal official (1 position)
  • Green industry (e.g., greenhouse, nursery, horticulture) (1 position)
  • Resource specialist (e.g., natural resource practitioner or scientist) (1 position)
  • At-Large (1 position)

Prospective members may either be nominated by others or may directly apply without a nomination. Nominations or applications are currently being accepted and must be submitted no later than September 15th.

View the form; It is a fillable form that can be directly e-mailed to the Department. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once it has been received.

If you have any questions about the committee or the nomination process, please contact Steve Ryder.


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