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Colorado Noxious Weed Awareness Week

Governor John Hickenlooper declared July 10-16 as Colorado Noxious Weed Awareness Week to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds.  There are 55 weeds on Colorado’s noxious weed list; Colorado’s most aggressive and widespread weeds are:  Canada thistle, field bindweed, leafy spurge, Russian knapweed, and yellow toadflax.

“Noxious weeds threaten our quality of life; they impact agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities, and wildlife,” said Colorado State Weed Coordinator, Steve Ryder.  “We are working hard to eradicate, control, and minimize weed infestations across Colorado.”

Noxious weeds infest more than one million acres in Colorado and cost Colorado landowners an estimated $100 million annually in lost productivity of range and crop land.  Federal agencies estimate that noxious weeds are spreading on federal public lands at a rate of 4,600 acres per day.

To protect Colorado’s lands, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has implemented an aggressive program to manage weeds, with an emphasis on early detection and eradication.  The department has helped communities form partnerships and coordinate weed management activities.  The State Weed Coordinator has distributed $350,000 to $400,000 annually in grants to assist counties, municipalities and others in their weed management efforts. 

“You can help by working to identify and manage the noxious weeds in your community,” said Ryder.

Noxious Weed Awareness Week will be filled with local activities such as weed identification and management workshops, community weed pulling events, high tech mapping equipment demonstrations, weed infestation tours and educational displays.  For activities planned in your area, please contact your county weed manager. 

More information, including a county weed supervisor list and photos and lists of noxious weeds, can be found by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/csd and clicking on “Noxious Weed Management Program.” Archuleta County Weed and Pest Control Supervisor is Frank Ratliff his office number is 264-6773.

The proclamation states:

WHEREAS, Coloradans are committed to serving as good stewards of public and private lands throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, Colorado’s public and private lands are a source of scenic beauty, productive agriculture, recreational opportunities, and a habitat for the state’s abundant wildlife; and

WHEREAS, non-native plant species known as noxious weeds threaten the ecological integrity and biodiversity of Colorado’s lands; and

WHEREAS, an understanding of the negative impacts caused by noxious weeds will encourage and enhance proper stewardship of the land; and

WHEREAS, local, state, and federal agencies responsible for land management and research have agreed to cooperatively address weed infestations in the state in an effective and appropriate manner to minimize the threat weeds pose to our ecological future;

Therefore, I, John Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim July 10- 16, 2011, NOXIOUS WEED AWARENESS WEEK in the State of Colorado.

Calendar

July 7 — 6:30 p.m., 4-H Shady Pine Club meeting.

July 8 — 2 p.m., 4-H Wolf Creek Wonders.

July 10 — 10 a.m., Pagosa Springs Fun Day Rodeo.

July 11 — 8 a.m., 4-H Record Book Assistance.

July 11 — 10 a.m., Painting Group.

July 11 — 1 p.m., 4-H Scrapbooking.

July 12 — 6 p.m., 4-H Rocky Mountain Riders Club meeting.

July 12 — 7:30 p.m., Farm Bureau.

July 13 — Noon, 4-H Promotion Day.

July 13 — 6:30 p.m., 4-H Pagosa Peaks Club meeting.

July 14 — Noon, Mountain View Homemakers Auction.

July 14 — 7:30 p.m., Thursday Night Rodeo.

July 15 — 9 a.m., 4-H Food Preservation.

July 15 — 2 p.m., 4-H Colorado Mountaineers Club meeting.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.

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