Noxious Weeds


What is a Noxious Weed?

The term "Noxious Weed" is a designation given to a plant that is non-native to North America and has aggressive, invasive tendencies. They threaten our drinking water supply, agricultural crops, ecosystems, and native habitats. Often these weeds are kept in check by natural controls (e.g. insects, climate, etc.) in their native territory.  However, lacking such controls in our area, these plants are able to spread aggressively, allowing them to crowd out native plants, dominate local plant communities, and destroy local ecosystems. 

There are over 34 species of noxious weeds in Pitkin County, and they receive their designation from the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.

What Does the Town do to Prevent Noxious Weeds?

The Town conducts an annual noxious weed spraying and prevention program through local contractors to treat public parks and open space. Using safe practices, chemicals are applied to infested areas before the weeds go to seed. This is the most cost effective and thorough way to treat large areas. 

What can you do to Help?

The Town works hard with landowners and Pitkin County to prevent noxious weeds from spreading, but we can't do it alone. Everyone should take part in healthy land management, and the Town believes in assisting landowners to achieve this. The most effective way for you to help is to treat your own property, and there are numerous resources to help you get started. Pitkin County offers a variety of services to help you comply with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and keep your land healthy, native, and beautiful. All services are free, including a backpack sprayer loan program, a cost sharing program, and educational materials.

Learn more:

Community Weed Pull Program:

The Town coordinates an annual community weed pull to rally the troops and tackle our weed problem together. Sign up at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center, pick weeds, and WIN a free membership to the Recreation Center.

2017 Community Weed Pull
Friday, June 30th
8:30am - 12:30pm
Lunch will be provided
Meet at the Rec Center:
Snowmass Village Recreation Center
2835 Brush Creek Road

Volunteers are needed to help with restoration efforts in the Town of Snowmass Village. We will be pulling weeds to help restore wildlife habitat and reduce the spread of noxious weeds. 
Volunteers should bring sun protection, rain gear, long sleeved shirt and pants, closed toed shoes, and water. Please bring work gloves as well if you have them. We will provide all other tools.

Please RSVP HERE, or sign up at the Recreation Center.