Are weeds choking out your neighborhood? Afraid of stepping on thistles at the park down the street? Want to see if some neighbors want to help out?
The initiative is fun and free – and you and your neighbors get to make a difference in your community!
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Join Eagle River Watershed Council, Eagle Valley Land Trust, Land & Rivers Fund and Eagle County to participate in this year’s inaugural Weed Warriors of Eagle Valley program!
We are currently seeking nominations for neighborhoods, parks or local areas invaded with weeds for the 2021 Weed Warriors Mitigation Project!
Nominations must be for private or local community land (such as an HOA). Regarding weeds identified on Federal, State, or County owned lands, please contact Eagle County Vegetation Management directly to report concerns. Nominations will be accepted from now through August 3, 2020.
How it works:
– From now until August 3, we encourage participants to get out and inventory your invasive weeds. What species have invaded your neighborhood?
– Using the Weed Bingo & Identification Card (download below), find what types of weeds you have by marking an X on the Bingo Card. Please be sure to photograph invasive weeds you identify and note their locations.
– For a chance to win a prize, submit your completed bingo card to Sue and Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 3, 2020. Mailed bingo cards can be sent to: P.O. Box 1477, Gypsum, CO 81637 – must be received by August 3.
Once you have identified the weeds in your area – please fill out the downloadable Nomination Form (including photos of the weeds you have found) to nominate your neighborhood for the next round in our mitigation strategy. You do not need to complete the bingo card to submit a Nomination Form.
-Submit your signed nomination form and photos to Sue and Kate at email@example.com by August 3, 2020. Mailed submissions can be sent to: P.O. Box 1477, Gypsum, CO 81637 and must be received by August 3rd.
– A handful of finalist communities will be chosen to do ‘mini’-mitigation’ efforts and educational video content on weeds in their area.
- CSU Extension Pocket Guide for Eagle County
- Thistles of Colorado (thanks to Larimer County Weed District)
- Sue Nikolai & Kate Isaacson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oliver Skelly at email@example.com
- Doug Riggins at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Finalist communities must be willing to work with partners on video content creation this fall (you don’t have to be filmed if you choose not to, but video content from the neighborhood will be shared).
– Once a winner is chosen for our inaugural Weed Warrior Day in 2021, a date will be mutually agreed-upon for the Service Project/ Education Day at the site. Communities selected must help recruit volunteers for the project and be prepared to have a yearly mitigation plan to keep the weeds away.
Partners and Resources