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NOXIOUS WEEDS IN VAIL

Since 2004, the Town of Vail has taken numerous actions towards the elimination and management of noxious weeds on public and private property.

By nature, noxious weeds are highly invasive, spread quickly to adjacent property, drive out native species and can reduce property values, making containment and management of these species critical. This year the town is increasing its efforts to combat invasive species by continuing its valley wide digital tracking and assessment program for each invasive species. This program allows the town and residents to determine zones of impact, identify relative severity of specific species, and subsequently allows the town to prioritize management areas and evaluate abatement efficiencies. In light of this new tracking and management plan the Town of Vail is asking for public support by submitting a Weed Management Form through the Town of Vail noxious weed webpage, if a Weed Ordinance Violation Notice was received. Supplementary noxious weed information is also available here.


NOXIOUS WEED ORDINANCE VIOLATION LETTERS

If you have received a Weed Ordinance Violation notice select the button below to complete a weed management form online. 

Weed Management Program

 

WEED ORDINANCE ACTION ITEMS

If you received an ordinance letter or need to submit a management follow up form please select from the button below.

 

 

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Select an option below to learn more about the Town of Vail Weed Management Plan and information.  

Management Targets

 

Management Targets

The Town of Vail manages weeds according to the Town of Vail Weed Management Plan and the Noxious Weed Ordinance.  Current target areas include 32 miles of residential roadways, 11 miles of frontage road areas, 12 miles of recreation path and over 250 acres of open space and park areas.

A 2007 inventory identified more than 25 species of Noxious Weeds in Vail as listed on the Colorado Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed List. Detailed information about these and other plants on the Colorado Noxious Weed List can be found on the Colorado Department of Agriculture website. Fact Sheets provide plant characteristics, photos and control recommendations.

Integrated Weed Management

 

Integrated Weed Management

Vail is dedicated to implementing integrated weed management techniques. This means using four basic methods to control weed populations including cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls. A description of these methods is available in the Town of Vail Weed Management Plan.

Herbicide Applications

 

Herbicide Applications

Herbicide applications are targeted to specific plants when they are most vulnerable within their growth cycle. Two primary applications will occur during the growing season, one in late-June, one in mid- August, and a final treatment in September.

Notification Policy

 

Notification Policy

Notification signs will be placed at neighborhood entrances at least 24 hours in advance of spraying activities.

In open space and park areas, flags will be placed at the edges of application areas and will remain in place a minimum of 48 hours.  While the areas are considered safe to enter once the herbicides dry, it is recommended that dogs and people refrain from using these areas when the flags are in place.

If you wish to be personally notified prior to spraying in your area, call 970-479-2158 or email weeds@vailgov.com with your name, address and phone number to be placed on the notification list. Notification will include one phone call at least one week in advance of spraying operations, and a second phone call at least 48 hours in advance.

U.S. Forest Service Partnership

 

U.S. Forest Service Partnership

Also in 2017 the Town of Vail is partnering with the Forest Service to treat weeds along the Town Boundary on USFS property to battle significant thistle infestations.  This work will occur in late-June to mid-July.

Enforcement of the Noxious Weed Ordinance

 

Enforcement of the Noxious Weed Ordinance

The town will be evaluating private property for noxious weed infestation and mailing notifications for violations.  If found to be in violation of the ordinance, property owners will be asked to provide a plan of action for management of the plants.  Failure to comply with the ordinance may subject property owners to enforcement and/or fines.

Free Publications and Information

 

Free Publications and Information

In addition to on-site advice, the town offers free Noxious Weeds of Colorado books, Guides to Non-Invasive Plants for your Garden, and Colorado Weed Calendars, as well as other various pamphlets and brochures. Email weeds@vailgov.com for more information.

Links

Contact Info

Weed & Pest Management
Gregg Barrie


NOXIOUS WEED RESOURCES

NOXIOUS WEED SPECIES AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

 

Town of Vail Noxious Weed Program

Noxious Weed Species Summaries & Management Strategies

 

Use the list below to help identify what weeds you are needing to address on your property.  Select the image and or name to view a detailed pdf for that specific species.  Here you can review the latest Town of Vail Weed Management Plan.

 

NAME

OCCURRENCES

LOCATIONS

Myrtle Spurge Several private and public Lionsridge Loop area
Absinthe Wormwood Significant Roads and open space
Canada Thistle Significant Roads and open space
Chinese Clematis One occurrence East Vail private garden
Common Tansy Several patches Parks, roadsides, private gardens
Dames Rocket Patches Roads and open space
Dalmation Toadflax Two occurrences Open space
Hoary Cress Patches Roads and open space
Houndstongue Patches Roads and open space
Leafy Spurge Several private and public West Vail
Musk Thistle Significant Roads and open space
Oxeye Daisy Significant Roads and open space
Plumeless Thistle Significant Roads and open space
Scentless Chamomile Significant Roads and open space
Scotch Thistle One location Along Cortina Lane
Spotted Knapweed One occurrence East Vail
Sulfur Cinquefoil Patches Roads and open space
Yellow Toadflax Significant Roads and open space
Common Mullein Significant Roads and open space

LICENSED APPLICATORS

 

Town of Vail Noxious Weed Program

Local Herbicide Applicators List

 

The list of licensed herbicide applicators is provided by the Town of Vail for educational or informational purposes only. No endorsement is implied, omissions may occur and other information sources should be consulted. Pesticide applicators are licensed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

 

AGENCY / BUSINESS

NAME

PHONE

CITY

All Valley Pest Control Richard Tadus 970-945-7826 Glenwood Springs
Alpine Tree Services Jake Fiala 970-389-4964 Breckenridge
Aspen Tree Service Paul Mansolilli 970-963-3071 Carbondale
Atchison Vegetation Management Robin Gayle 970-963-1222 Carbondale
Bio Balance Peter Drummond 970-406-0036 Breckenridge
Catamount Spraying Company Todd Schlegal 970-471-6240 Burns
Ceres Land Care Rick Herwehe 970-453-9154 Breckenridge
Fire Ready of Glenwood Springs Richard Edwards 970-309-5500 Glenwood Springs
Greg Gentry Weed Control Greg Gentry 970-262-2011 Dillon
Land and Arbor Concepts Tammy Misner 970-485-1437 Eagle
Mesa Turf Masters John Quast 970-926-8873 Edwards
Mountain Valley Ventures Jana Donahue 970-524-6906 Eagle
Old Growth Tree Services Mike Earl 970-401-0274 Avon
Prima Plant Services Kim Bock 970-963-6113 Carbondale
Roaring Fork Vegetation Management Matt Johnson 970-963-9723 Basalt
Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes Craig Keithly 970-748-8461 Gypsum
Weed Wizard Kristen Manguso 970-531-1366 Kremmling
Weedy Pie's Vegetation Management Lisa Taylor 970-333-3278 Leadville

REQUEST FREE ON-SITE CONSULTATION

 

Free On-Site Consultations

If you would like assistance with identifying noxious weeds and management strategies, the Town offers free on-site consultations Monday thru Wednesday between 9 am and 4 pm throughout the summer, beginning in late May.

Use the form below to request a consultation.  You may also call 970-479-2158 if you prefer.  

 

ENFORCEMENT OF THE NOXIOUS WEED ORDINANCE

 

Enforcement of the Noxious Weed Ordinance

Town Staff evaluates all properties within town boundaries and mails violation notices to property owners. If a property is found to be in violation of the ordinance, owners are asked to provide a plan of action for management of the plants. Failure to comply with the ordinance may subject property owners to enforcement and/or fines.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE PARTNERSHIP

 

U.S. Forest Service Partnership

Also in 2017 the Town of Vail is partnering with the Forest Service to treat weeds along the Town Boundary on USFS property to battle significant thistle infestations.  This work will occur in late-June to mid-July.

HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS

 

Herbicide Applications

Herbicide applications are targeted to specific plants when they are most vulnerable within their growth cycle. Three primary applications will occur during the growing season, one in late-June, one in mid- August, and a final treatment in September.

LINKS

NOXIOUS WEED PHOTO GALLERY