Noxious Weed Education

Noxious weeds are a part of the Colorado landscape, but how do you control them to protect the land they infest, preserve native plants, turf and agricultural crops?

Learn more about the different types of noxious weeds, proper herbicide application techniques and the safe use of pesticides at the County’s Free Noxious Weed Education Workshop
April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon
View the Agenda here

 Livestreamed from the Douglas County Commissioners’ Hearing Room.
To ask questions during the live workshop please participate via Webex by following the instructions below:

Click here to join and enter the password NWEW
To listen only please dial 408-418-9388 and enter conference number 187 323 9175.

If you cannot attend, a video of the Workshop will be available on this page, the following week.

Douglas County adopted the Undesirable Plant Management Plan following the requirements of Colorado state law, Colorado Noxious Weed Act, §35-5.5-101-119, C.R.S. A major component of the Plan is the requirement to provide Douglas County Property Owners with technical assistance in determining methods to control or eliminate their weed problems.  Staff continues to ensure County-owned properties are under treatment for weeds, as well as working with other public entities to assist them in their weed control problems. The Plan also contains a complete listing of identified noxious weeds.

Noxious Weeds and Our Natural Areas
Noxious weeds are moving into our valued ecosystems and displacing our native plants at an alarming rate. When the plants that wildlife uses for food, shelter, or nesting are gone, the wildlife leaves the area.

Noxious Weeds and Our Agricultural Lands
Noxious weeds also impact our valuable agricultural lands and commodities. When resources are not available for their desired use, it takes more land to raise the same number of cattle or bushels of wheat.  Learn what grass seed mixes compete with Noxious Weeds and how to set up an Individual Weed Management Plan (IWMP).  Because of these factors, they have been declared by the state, local, and federal governments to be undesirable, and their control, containment, and eradication are required by law.  View lists of weed to be eradicated in Douglas County.

Douglas County utilizes integrated weed management techniques to combat noxious weeds on County Roads and Open Space. These techniques include biological control, hand pulling, revegetation to include the use of competing for grass seed mixes and herbicides. This program places a strong emphasis on education. As part of our ongoing effort, the County provides informational flyers detailing biology and control measures for many of the noxious weeds on the undesirable plant management plan.

Educational Opportunities:

  • Public informational meetings/Noxious Weed events
  • Local meetings with HOAs
  • Douglas County Fair / Parade
  • Free calibration services
  • Free noxious weed identification
  • Free noxious weed control plan preparation
  • Noxious weed identification and control brochures for distribution to the public