Dr. George Beck is a professor of Weed Science at Colorado State University. At a public event Wednesday, he’ll discuss how to manage invasive weeds.
Land managers across Colorado work to control noxious weeds before they damage ecosystems. Pitkin County is bringing in an expert to help the public tackle the problem.
Liz Mauro with Pitkin County public works said the discussion is meant to help the public — and land managers — deal with noxious weeds before they are able to spread.
“One of our main goals with education is to let people know how important it is to get a lot of these species pulled or sprayed before they go to seed, because some of these species can have tens of thousands of seeds per plant,” Mauro said.
Noxious weeds can push out native species, causing a loss of natural ecosystem function. They can also be harmful to livestock and wildlife.
Dr. Beck speaks Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Eagle County Center in El Jebel.