Title

Noxious Weed Management: A Review of Herbicide Use at Colorado State Parks

Date of Award

9-4-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Graduate Certificate

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

William Robinson

Keywords

Herbicides -- Colorado -- Application; Botany -- Colorado; chemical weed control; Colorado State Parks; herbicide; Integrated Weed Management; invasive species; noxious weed; park recreation; pesticide; State parks -- Environmental aspects -- Colorado -- Management; weed management plan; Weeds -- Control -- Colorado

Abstract

Weed control in recreation areas is a complex public land management issue. Colorado State Parks are managed for both recreation and conservation, which often conflict. Noxious weeds affect both recreation and conservation efforts, and Parks often use herbicides to control these weeds. While herbicides are effective, they can be harmful to the environment and human health. Herbicide use at State Parks was reviewed to determine if chemical control is effective, safe, and efficient. The results revealed that many Parks are not using effective herbicides to treat noxious weeds and that some weed management plans lack pertinent information on chemical control. The results and recommendations provided can be used to improve the success of noxious weed control and create healthier Parks.

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