Weed Awareness Campaign

Do you have Weeds or Wildflowers? Think those pretty flowers in your yards are wildflowers?  They might be noxious weeds!  It is crucial to our native plants and wildlife that we know the difference and control the weeds.

Weed Logo

The Community Weed Awareness Campaign (CWAC) is a coalition of the Evergreen Audubon, The Mt. Evans Group of the Sierra Club, and the Evergreen Garden Club.

It all started in a coffee shop in Evergreen when two members of the Evergreen Audubon decided that they wanted to get down and dirty to help the environment.

This initial meeting in 1998 resulted in Community Weed Day. This one-day event quickly evolved into a summer-long series of weeding and education events. In addition to the annual weed pull, CWAC also sponsors Adopt-a-Plot and Weed & Wine at Evergreen Lake.  Noxious weed education events are held monthly at various community locations. Our organizational team grew from the two ladies at the coffee shop, Sylvia Robertson and Cathy Shelton, to include Betsy Kelson, Marilyn Kaussner, Bud Weare, Else vanErp, Renee Cormier and Sylvia Brockner.

Why worry about weeds? To start with, we’re not talking about dandelions here. We’re targeting the aggressive invading species that are bad enough to warrant inclusion on the Colorado Noxious Weed List. These plants outcompete our native vegetation and can be toxic or harmful to wildlife, livestock and even humans.

Some weeds are pretty, but all are non-native to Colorado. These plants degrade wildlife habitat and endanger native ecosystems. This year our target species include newer invaders like Orange Hawkweed, Myrtle spurge and perennial pepperweed along with the well-known nemeses knapweed and thistle.

CWAC’s mission is to inspire every resident of Colorado to control the noxious weeds on their property.  Please join us in our effort to preserve the natural ecosystems of our mountain communities.

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Resources:

Weeds – Visual Guide (photos)
Colorado Watch List – CO Dept of Agriculture
Myrtle Spurge flyer

Local Weed Organizations:

  • Friends of Beaver Brook Watershed
    303 670-7930
  • Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek
    http://www.fomelc.org/ or email to info@fomelc.org

County Weed Managers:

  • Clear Creek County
    Ted Brown
    303-679-2467
  • Boulder County
    Steve Sauer
    303-678-6110
  • Denver City and County
    Kelly Uhing
    720-913-0659
  • Gilpin County
    Irene Shonle
    303-582-9106
  • Jefferson County
    Alicia Doran
    303-271-5989
  • Park County
    Mary Menz
    719-686-9405 ext 104
  • Summit County
    Lisa Taylor
    970-668-4218

Identification and control websites:

Newsletters & Resports

2013- Thistle Article from Small Acreage
2012 Weed Newsletter
2011 Weed Newsletter
2010 Weed Newsletter
2009 Weed Newsletter
2008 Weed Newsletter
2007 Weed Newsletter