Parks & Open Space is responsible for weed management on open space areas, certain agricultural leased lands, and designated county maintained roads.
Invasive Plants & Weed Management on Open Space
Daily Planned Herbicide Applications
Herbicides currently applied to open space areas that are open to the public are reported below.
Daily Planned Roadside Mowing
Mowing currently being performed along county maintained roads are reported below.
Please call the weeds hotline at 303-441-3940 for daily updates.
If you have any concerns or would like to learn more about the herbicides being applied, please contact the National Pesticide Information Center.
The invasive plant and weed management program is responsible for weed control on:
- 25,000 acres of land designated as natural areas
- 7,000 acres of agricultural leased land that serves as wildlife habitat
- 685 miles of county maintained road right-of-way
The Boulder County Noxious Weed Management Plan requires eradication of all List A species, as mandated by the state, and containment and suppression measures for 13 of the List B species identified as significantly troublesome in Boulder County. Of the 18 List A species, 10 are currently known to exist in Colorado, and nine of those are known to exist in Boulder County.
Staff utilizes an integrated pest management approach to controlling weeds that include mowing, hand pulling, insect bio-control, cultural control (tilling weeds and planting desirable vegetation), and herbicide application. Herbicides are only used in targeted areas.
When controlling noxious weeds on open space properties, staff are careful to use the least damaging and most effective weed control strategies available. Staff always consider the local ecology to maintain and support the rich ecosystems of open space lands.
- Minimize the occurrence of weeds and associated negative impacts on native plant communities, agricultural lands, and public corridors.
- Utilize an integrated weed management approach in order to prevent the introduction of new invasive plant species, eradicate isolated or limited populations, and contain and manage weed species that are well established within the county.
- Stay current with weed management research and innovative management techniques that may increase effectiveness of weed control and/or decrease environmental impacts.
- Promote education and awareness of new and potential invasive weed species.
What You Can Do
- Identification and do not plant them in your garden. If they already grow in your garden, remove them.
- Report a Concern on private property.
- Parks, Environment, Gardening & Agriculture Volunteer Opportunities
- Educate friends and neighbors who have these plants growing on their properties. Their plants will likely spread to your property.
- Minimize spread of weeds on open space by staying on the trails, feeding horses weed free hay, and cleaning weed seeds from your hiking boots or bicycle tires before recreating on open space property.
- Attend a Weed Identification and Management Workshop through CSU Extension.