It’s that time of year again. Vail residents and property owners are reminded of their obligation to manage noxious weeds on their property in accordance with the Town of Vail Noxious Weed Ordinance. By definition, a noxious weed is a non-native or “alien” plant that is listed on the State Noxious Weed List. These plants are highly invasive and spread at an alarming rate, usually to the detriment of native plants and wildlife. Infestations can, and have, quickly spread to adjacent properties, including adjacent National Forest lands. Per the Town of Vail Noxious Weed Ordinance and the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, all property owners, both public and private, must manage noxious weeds on their property.
Since many of these plants are just starting to grow for the season, now is an excellent time for management. Some plants can be hand-pulled or cut, and others should be managed with an appropriate herbicide. These aggressive plants typically cannot be killed with over-the-counter herbicides so contact a licensed applicator to ensure proper application and to reduce damage to non-target plants.
The Town of Vail offers free on-site consultations to all residents. Appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Simply send an email to email@example.com to request an appointment. Include your name, property address and several dates and times that will work for you. A member of the town staff can help identify invasive species and recommend management options.
The town will be increasing enforcement of the Noxious Weed Ordinance on private property during the summer so act now to help stem the spread of these harmful plants.
TOV Noxious Weed Ordinance
State Noxious Weed List: colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/noxiousweeds
Licensed Applicator List
Town of Vail noxious weed page: vailgov.com/weeds