Did you know that Douglas County Conservation District will give you money to get rid of noxious weeds on your property? And to mitigate fire risk?
These opportunities are for Douglas County residents to apply for a Cost-Share Grant in the pursuit of controlling noxious weeds. This cost-share grant will assist with a 50% cost share up to $500.00 per property for chemical and biological control methods for weeds on the Colorado State Noxious Weed “A” and “B” list species. Details are on the noxious weed grant application.
The A and B list species include Thistle (there was a bumper crop of this last summer) and leafy spurge, a consistently pesky and prolific grower in our area. The full list is available here.
For information on the Fire Mitigation grant, call the Franktown office to reach the District Manager at (303) 218–2622 or email DCCDistrict@gmail.com.
Photo shows Canada thistle, one of the most common noxious weed problems in Colorado and most states in the Rocky Mountain region. This exotic species was first introduced from Eurasia to the United States about 400 years ago. It has since spread to 42 states and the Canadian provinces.
A detriment to the environment and economy of Colorado, this pesky thistle negatively affects agriculture and natural areas. Comprehensive information on the biology of this species can be obtained from Colorado State University.