U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Combating Weeds in Northwest Colorado|
The Little Snake Field Office Bureau of Land Management Weed Management program is implemented primarily through cooperative agreements and private pesticide applicators. Public land parcels with noxious weed infestations are treated through local county weed programs (Moffat and Routt) allowing integrated treatment across ownership boundaries. Additionally, private contractors treat weed infestations associated with oil and gas development infrastructures through agreements with permitted operators to comply with exploration and production activity requirements.
This office prioritizes projects and project areas from year to year to focus weed control efforts. Some of these projects have included:
Weed control in the LSFO area includes chemical, biological and mechanical methods. This means that herbicides may be applied to aggressive infestations, insects may be released into remote weed populations, or livestock may be used to strategically graze a pasture with noxious weeds.
An integrated approach of all methods is important to successful management of weeds on public lands. Additionally, prevention is always the most effective method and early detection and response are important to protecting our public lands.