Eleven Mile & Spinney State Park Noxious Weed Management Plan

  • Client: Colorado State Parks, Park County, Colorado
  • Date: May 2011 to Jul 2011
  • Info: Eleven Mile State Park and Spinney Mountain State Park are located in South Park – 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.

Blue Mountain was contracted 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. Field inventories and interviews were conducted and former assessments were utilized to create a new weed map and to track suppression efforts. In compliance with State Park conventions, recommendations were prioritized into near-, medium- and long-term objectives that included activities such as prevention, detection, suppression (via biological, cultural, chemical and mechanical means) and restoration.