EVRPD to Perform Noxious Weed Control

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) will be performing annual noxious weed control from July 22 to 26 along the Lake Estes Trail and in Wapiti Meadows, Cherokee Draw and Stanley Park. These selective herbicides, which are used in accordance with Colorado Department of Agriculture regulations, will be applied by Horizon Vegetation Management.

The aim of the noxious weed program, which is an initiative by the State of Colorado as established in the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, is to control the growth and spread of non-native plants that aggressively push out native vegetation. This act requires all Colorado residents to control noxious weeds using integrated methods.

“By controlling non-native plants at the community level, we can help reduce the spread of the seeds that lead to growth of the noxious plants throughout Colorado,” said John Feeney, Manager of Maintenance for Estes Valley Recreation and Park District. “The process is performed based on standards established by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to ensure the safety of people, pets and wildlife.”

Without proper management, these non-native plants can grow profusely, causing reduced agricultural productivity, erosion from wind and water across a changed landscape, and increased wildfire threat to communities. In addition, noxious weeds can threaten wildlife habitat and natural resources, and can create a negative recreational experience.

Eradication and reduction of noxious weeds is done by preventing the introduction of new invasive species, eliminating species with isolated or limited populations, and containing and managing those invasive species that are well-established and widespread.

Signage will be placed to notify trail users and recreationists which sections have been treated.

For more information about the process or for any specific questions, please contact John Feeney at 970-586-8170 or send him an email.