noxious weeds

Rob Routledge, Bugwood.org

Garfield County is holding a photo contest for its 2020 calendar.  The theme? Noxious weeds.

Take the purple loosestrife. Its bright flowers might make a great shot in any calendar.  But Sarah LaRose, Garfield County’s Vegetation Program Coordinator, says, don’t let noxious weeds like the purple loosestrife fool you with their good looks.



Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve is tucked between steep mountain cliffs and the Crystal River; the open space is a flat expanse of wetlands. On a recent brisk fall morning, plant ecologists Rea Orthner and Denise Wilson lead the way across the swampy meadow. We’re here because of the stream orchid, which blooms in penny-sized flowers in mid-summer.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

For the past three years, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has employed a herd of goats to eat the weeds along the Rio Grande Trail.

Phil Nyland / White River National Forest

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.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Across the west, noxious weeds damage ecosystems, and local governments are tasked with keeping them at bay. But the solution — chemical herbicides — doesn’t always sit well with residents.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Cyclists and runners along the Rio Grande Trail are seeing a different kind of wildlife this month. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has hired a herd of goats to eat weeds along the path from Glenwood Springs to Emma.