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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.
If you have received a Weed Ordinance Violation notice select the button below to complete a weed management form online.
Weed & Pest Management
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
For more information on Noxious Weeds, why we manage them and their impact on Colorado, please visit the following links:
Use the images below to better identify weeds in the Vail area. For additional information and weed fact sheets please visit our Management Strategies tab above.