The Town conducts an annual noxious weed spraying and prevention program through local contractors to treat public parks and open space. Using safe practices, chemicals are applied to infested areas before the weeds go to seed. This is the most cost effective and thorough way to treat large areas.
- Sensitive areas will be flagged and marked, but a treated area is safe to enter as soon as the application dries, which is only a few minutes.
- If there are high speed winds or rains in the forecast, the contractors will cancel treatment.
This spring, noxious weed spraying will take place May 10th - May 17th in the following general areas:
2018 Treatment Areas:
• Mountain View
• South Rim Connector
• All Paved Trails
• South Rim Trail
• Tom Blake Parking Area
What is a noxious weed?
The term "Noxious Weed" is a designation given to a plant that is non-native to North America and has aggressive, invasive tendencies. They threaten our drinking water supply, agricultural crops, ecosystems, and native habitats. Often these weeds are kept in check by natural controls (e.g. insects, climate, etc.) in their native territory. However, lacking such controls in our area, these plants are able to spread aggressively, allowing them to crowd out native plants, dominate local plant communities, and destroy local ecosystems.
There are over 34 species of noxious weeds in Pitkin County, and they receive their designation from the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.
Learn more about noxious weeds and what you can do to combat them by following the link below.