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

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Graduate Certificate


Environmental Policy And Management


William Robinson


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


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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