Forest Service sprays for Canadian thistle near Crow Valley – Greeley Tribune

Portions of the two trails leading out of Crow Valley Campground, the Trail of the Mourning Dove and the Birdwalk Trail, will be closed for a few days beginning Monday while the US Forest Service sprays for weeds. No spraying is planned at the Crow Valley Campground itself and it remains open.

Weld County and US Forest Service employees will use herbicides to reduce Canada thistle, according to Reghan Cloudman, public affairs specialist for the USFS.

“This is an ongoing effort between the Forest Service and Weld County,” Cloudman said. “Treating Canada thistle is important because it is listed as a noxious invasive weed in Colorado. Canada thistle crowds out native plants and negatively impacts wildlife habitat. Canada thistle is found along the path leading from the picnic area to the creek and along the creek corridor.”

Cloudman said herbicides are applied when wind speeds are low and attention is paid to wind direction. Spray pressure is kept low, along with other efforts to focus the spray on target plants to be as effective and efficient as possible.

The herbicide contains a blue dye that identifies the treated areas. It is important to stay away from treated weeds so please read and obey all posted signs. Forest Service sprays for Canadian thistle near Crow Valley – Greeley Tribune

James Brien

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