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Town of Vail to Begin Property Inspections for Noxious Weeds

  • 30 June 2017
Town of Vail to Begin Property Inspections for Noxious Weeds
It’s that time of year again when Vail residents are reminded of their obligation to manage noxious weeds on their property in accordance with the Town of Vail Noxious Weed Ordinance. By definition, noxious weeds are highly invasive and persistent plants that are alien to the native landscape. They have no native predators to regulate their populations, can spread quickly to adjacent properties and once established produce dense monocultures.

Since 2004, the Town of Vail has been managing these species on 43 miles of roadway, 12 miles of recreation trails and over 250 acres of parks and open space. Additionally, the Town of Vail Noxious Weed Ordinance requires private property owners to manage noxious weeds on their property.

Starting in July and extending into September, town-wide property inspections for noxious weeds are set to begin. Inspections allow the town to identify specific problem areas, track the movement and trends of noxious weeds, and prioritize critical and sensitive areas for current and future management operations. Properties will be surveyed from public roadways and will be rated based on plant species and infestation severity. The town will notify owners and managers of highly impacted properties. Town staff will be available throughout the summer to answer questions and provide free site consultations during this time.

If you receive a notice letter, simply follow the provided directions to see the associated property’s noxious weed survey and submit a required weed management form via the town’s online map viewer. The map viewer allows recipients to see the types of species on the property, the severity of each species, and also view site specific-photos.

Weed management forms are a simple four-question survey that allows property owners to indicate how the noxious weeds will be managed. If this is your second notice letter, you are encouraged to contact the town’s public works department before resubmitting a management plan for 2017. The town is increasing inspections for multi-year recipients and exercising enforcement for non-responsive recipients.

Failure to manage noxious weeds is a violation of the Colorado Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Act and the Town of Vail’s Noxious Weed Ordinance [5-1-6 Section].

Data collected over the 2017 season will be reviewed by the Town of Vail’s weed management staff to prioritize future projects, aid town, county and state officials, as well as assist in budgeting adjustments for future projects.

For additional information on the 2017 Noxious Weed Program visit vailgov.com/weeds, or to set up a free consultation with town staff please contact weeds@vailgov.com.  
Contact: Gregg Barrie, 970-479-2337
Town of Vail Senior Landscape Architect

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