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Vail combats noxious weeds

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail will continue its aggressive campaign to combat weeds on over 250 acres of open space, along 32 miles of residential roadways, 11 miles of frontage road areas, 12 miles of recreation paths and in natural areas of Vail’s parks.

Work to remove the non-native plants, or noxious weeds, on these town-owned lands will be getting under way next week and includes hand-pulling, cutting and herbicides, with the first round of herbicide application occurring June 9-11. Signs will be placed in herbicide treatment areas at least 48 hours in advance and a temporary colorant will be added to herbicides to delineate treated areas. People and pets should not walk into treatment areas until they have dried and the town has removed the signs. Those wishing personal notification of the herbicide applications can call 479-2337 or e-mail weeds@vailgov.com.

Also, the town is once again offering free on-site consultations to help Vail property owners and residents identify noxious weeds growing on their property. According to town of Vail Landscape Architect Gregg Barrie, the weeds spread quickly, usually to the detriment of native plant species and can affect wildlife habitats, impact recreational opportunities and can even decrease property values.

In an effort to rid Vail of such weeds, Barrie says consultations will help property owners distinguish between noxious weeds and native plants, as well as offer advice for removing weeds either by hand-pulling, mowing or use of herbicides. Additionally, removal of noxious weeds is required by law per the Colorado Noxious Weed Act (1990) and the Town of Vail Noxious Weed Ordinance (2004), which require all property owners, both public and private, to remove undesirable plants from their property. To be considered a noxious weed, a plant must be listed on the Colorado Noxious Weed List. The list can be found online at http://www.cwma.org/weed.htm.

To schedule a noxious weed consultation by appointment, which will take place Wednesdays throughout the summer, contact Barrie at 479-2158 or weeds@vailgov.com. A list of Vail’s most common noxious weeds and more information can be found at http://www.vailgov.com/weeds.