Noxious weeds are moving into our local ecosystems and displacing native plants. When the plants used by animals as food, shelter or nesting are gone, wildlife could leave the area. Additionally, some weed species drop over 1,000 seeds into the ground annually, if not controlled. As good stewards of our land, we all must work to keep our lands free of noxious weeds.
Noxious weeds can be managed by using a combination of control methods including mechanical, cultural, biological, preventative and chemical means.
- Mechanical control: removing seed heads by hand, mowing or pulling entire plants out from the root.
- Cultural controls: regularly overseeding with native plant seeds to encourage desired plant regeneration and discourage noxious invaders.
- Biological control: releasing beneficial insects that feed only on certain noxious weeds and well-managed grazing practices that target specific plants.
- Prevention: planting weed-free seed, mulching with weed-free material, cleaning machinery before mowing between sites, and controlling weeds prior to their making seed
- Chemical Control: judicious and minimal use of herbicides can complement other control methods to provide a very effective noxious weed management program
Above all, proper noxious weed identification, monitoring and consistent, diverse control methods can reduce or eradicate infestations. This varied approach to weed management is called integrated pest management, or IPM. We support the IPM approach to weed control within our municipal borders.
The Colorado Noxious Weed Act directs municipalities to adopt a weed management plan and weed advisory committee. We adopted our first weed management plan in 2012. We also work in partnership with San Miguel County controlling weeds along our roadways and right of ways.
We have the duty and power to manage noxious weeds in the community. Our Public Works Department oversees local weed control efforts and advises Town Council on local weed control matters. This includes the right to enter private lands to inspect for the existence of noxious weed infestation. When noxious weeds are found on private property, the landowner or property occupant will be notified. After notification, the landowner or occupant of the property has 10 days to comply with the terms of the notification or submit a plan and schedule to destroy, remove and control the weeds. For more information regarding weed management in Mountain Village, please contact our plaza services manager.
What Do These Weeds Look Like?
To help identify these weeds and simplify the differences between invasive weeds and native plants, including the look-a-likes, handy guides are available at Town Hall. You can also refer to the short descriptions and images on this page.