When weeds encroach on otherwise healthy habitats, it often creates a firestorm of events that deteriorate native habitats and pose a risk to the wildlife, livestock, ranchers, and recreationists that utilize those lands. Noxious weeds compete with natives for resources; are often hardier and more prolific; and can sometimes wipe out all vegetative diversity in an area, creating a single monoculture. Once established, controlling the spread of weeds may be very difficult, if not impossible. Prevention and early detection are critical to proper weed management. Middle Park Conservation District works to educate landowners on noxious weed identification and control and curb the encroachment of noxious weeds throughout Grand and Summit Counties.
Grand County: Grand County Natural Resources provides herbicide to landowners on FRIDAYS in Granby (County Shop, 469 E. Topaz) starting on May 22, 2020, and continuing every Friday (from 9 am – Noon) through September 25, 2020. You MUST bring your own SPRAYER. No jugs, no cans, no gas cans, no buckets, etc. They will limit folks to no more than 4 Gallons a week. Social distancing will be maintained; masks are optional. Herbicide is provided free of charge to interested landowners.
They will also be in Kremmling at the Fairgrounds (at the Road and Bridge shop) on 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28, 9/11, and 9/25 from 9am-Noon.
Contact Grand County Natural Resources at 970.887.0745 for more information.
Summit County: Summit County has a Backpack Sprayer Loaner Program for small infestations. Call Kyle Gilmore at 970.688.4252. Cost-share programs are also available for large infestations. Call Ben Pleimann at 970.668.4218. Click here to find out about their Cost-Share Program.
Ag Producers: Middle Park Habitat Partnership Program gives up to $500 worth of herbicide to production agriculture folks in both Grand and Summit Counties. Contact Amy Sidener at 970.887.0745. The program is limited and starts around April 15th of every year. You must own/operate at least 640 acres to be eligible. Funds are limited and do run out each year.
Noxious Weed Guides
Guide to Noxious Weeds of Grand County WEB (for viewing online)
Guide to Noxious Weeds of Grand County PRINT (for printing double-sided and folded to make a booklet…make sure printer is setup to flip along SHORT edge)
Guide to Noxious Weeds of Summit County WEB (for viewing online)
Guide to Noxious Weeds of Summit County PRINT (for printing double-sided and folded to make a booklet…make sure printer is setup to flip along SHORT edge)
Noxious Weed Resources
MPCD Newsletter Articles
Fall Herbicide Application (violet box)
Weed Mapping (pink box)
Weed Wisdom (pinkish red box)
Winter Weed Wise (dark grey box)
Prepping for Next Year’s Weeds (brown box)
Weed Sprayer Calibration (pinkish red box)
Noxious Weed ID Tools (pinkish red box)
Fall Weed Management & Noxious Weed Resources (no box color…halfway down)
Black Henbane (right column)
Bindweed (right column)
Cheatgrass (brown box)
Thistles: the good and the bad (brownish yellow box)
What’s with that Yellow Clover? (light yellow box)
Colorado Noxious Weed Act (light green box)
Organic vs Inorganic Herbicide (light yellow box near bottom)