State Parks Noxious Weed Management Plan
- Client: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Parker County, Colorado
- Date: May – July, 2011
- Info: CPW contracted Blue Mountain Environmental to update the noxious weed inventory and create a new management plan for both parks, which comprise 7,545 acres of rangelands, forests, wetlands and recreational facilities.
Eleven Mile State Park and Spinney Mountain State Park are located in South Park. South Park is an expansive high-altitude grassland region of central Colorado bordered to the east and west by the Pike National Forest.
Managed by Colorado State Parks under a lease from the Denver Water Board, these parks provide visitors with opportunities for boating, camping, windsurfing, picnicking, birding, waterfowl hunting and nationally renowned fishing.
We conducted field inventories and interviews as our first steps. We utilized former assessments to create a new weed map and track suppression efforts. In compliance with State Park conventions, we prioritized recommendations into short-term, medium, and long-term objectives. These goals included activities such as prevention, detection, suppression (via biological, cultural, chemical and mechanical means) and restoration.