• What's going on now that the harvest is in? Well, the Eagle County Conservation District is hosting the up-coming State Conservation District Convention Nov. 12-15 at the Marriot Mountain Resort in Vail. The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts is the governing body for all conservation districts in Colorado. This is the time for all the district directors and volunteers to brush up on forestry, soil, water, renewable energy and rangeland education. Encana will be presenting on oil and gas. The Bureau of Land Management, the governor's office, the state climatologist, the Colorado River District and the Colorado Energy Department are among some of the other seminar presenters. For more information, please go to the CACD website at share.us-conservation.org/SW/CO/CACD/AnnualMeeting2012.
• Thank you to everyone in Eagle County who participated in the 2012 noxious weed cost share program! Chemical sales are almost over for the year, so if you used chemicals in 2012 or need some before the snow flies, please call and set up an appointment. Then get your weed applications in! If you have been treating for noxious weeds; whether chemically, mechanically or in any form, you may be eligible for up to 50 percent reimbursement. You can pick up your weed applications at Corky's on U.S. Highway 6 in Eagle.
There is still time to fight weeds even though we have had below-freezing temperatures. Some plants that can be controlled in the late fall are: Russian knapweed, Canada thistle, dalmatian toadflax, leafy spurge, and spotted knapweed. You can also control tamarisk and Russian olive, two trees considered "invasive and poisonous" in Colorado. Both of these species are detrimental to local ecosystems due to the large root systems that possess a huge thirst for water. In these dry times, these two specific tree species are being highly targeted by the State for eradication. They are most often at home along strategic waterways and wetland areas, gradually over-running native Cottonwoods and other riparian plant species. In fact, you can see hundreds of dead Russian olives and tamarisks along the Colorado River watershed west of Rifle, along the Interstate 70 corridor, which were recently targeted and sprayed.
• Standby for more information on the Eagle County Conservation District's Annual Meeting, which is tentatively set for Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Many people look forward to the great speakers we always have and dinner will be provided free of charge as well!
For any questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Katie Langdon at 970-390-1983.