Doing Your Part
At the Weed District, we are here to assist you in any way we can with your land stewardship management, however; we encourage all citizens to get involved and do their part. This can be achieved in many ways. First, taking the time to navigate this webpage is a great way to get started. There are a lot of helpful tips on our webpage and within the links we have provided to you to help get you started. Every little bit of knowledge you can pick up from this page will help us promote our objective of education and help you become more familiar with best management practices. There are several ways you can help:
- Organize. Involve these ideas in your community. This can be done in several ways:
- Organize a weed pull with neighbors. This is a great way to get the neighborhood involved in maintaining its beauty and improving the value of the properties.
- Combine resources. Collaborate with neighbors to buy herbicides, rent or buy a sprayer or share mowing duties of common areas.
- Raise noxious weed issues at meetings. Gatherings such as your HOA or a group of local businesses are great places to offer ways that everyone can work together.
- Bring up these issues to teachers. Educators reach a lot of different people at different stages and involving schools or classrooms helps to reach a younger generation that can pass the ideas along. They are also always looking for help from parents or ideas to help them with their curriculum so offer to help organize a field trip or speaker to visit.
- Show someone how to use the website. Although people may have a computer and say that they are comfortable with the internet, that doesn't mean they are. If you take the time to show someone how to navigate to and around this website, the more likely they are to do it again and the more likely they are to want to get involved themselves.
- Communicate. Once you've learned just a bit more, share your ideas with others! This can be done in several ways and in many situations but the most important thing to do is make sure you communicate with others. For instance, you are on a hike with a friend and you see diffuse knapweed...Point it out! Ask your friend if they know what it is, ask if they have seen it before, had they seen it in the area or elsewhere? If they have no idea, tell them what you know and about this website or others where they can find more information. Communication is the key. Bring up weed issues with your neighbors. If you are concerned that a neighbor may have a weed problem, then talk to them. They may not know that they have a noxious weed or that it is spreading to adjacent properties. Often we hear comments such as "I had no idea what that was" or "That's been here for years." The more people talk and learn the easier it is for us to promote our message.
- Educate yourself. Not many people are familiar with noxious weeds and the harm they can do. If you take the time to research and educate yourself about noxious weeds, you will find how daunting the task is and how a collaborative community effort is needed for best land management. Every person that takes the time to learn just a little more about noxious weeds saves time and resources for the future.
- Observe. Be aware of the environment around you. If you notice that one year there are no purple flowers along the river but every year since there are more and more, then there may be a noxious weed establishing itself there. Also, helping others to identify disturbed sites where weeds may emerge or places where there are established infestations to help them notice what to look for and how to get involved.
- Share practices and things that have worked for you. Although we put in quite a bit of time and effort into our education and into research, there are always ideas and practices that people have incorporated for years that we have yet to consider. We encourage you to share those ideas with us and work with us on how to implement them.
- Contact us. If you still have questions and ideas and want to speak with a specialist then set up an appointment. We want to work with the public as much as possible and make ourselves available to work with you.
- Volunteer. Look for opportunities around you where you can get involved. You can find some activities with the Natural Resources volunteer program. We also have opportunities where people can help out, contact us for more information.
- Donate. Current legislation does not permit us to spend money outside the Weed District that is generated from within the District (i.e. funds generated from the weed tax). Therefore, we rely on donations to provide weed management on lands in areas such as Estes Park, Glacier View, Red Feather and Livermore.
If you would like to send a donation, please call our office at 970-498-5768, or send it to:
Larimer County Weed District
2649 E Mulberry St. Suite #6
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Receipts available upon request