Noxious Weed Fight Begins At Cheesman Canyon

Release Date: Jul 13, 2010



USDA Forest Service

Rocky Mountain Region

Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands

South Platte Ranger District

19316 Goddard Ranch Court

Morrison, CO 80465




Contacts:  Denny Bohon, U.S. Forest Service, 303-275-5625

                   Lisa Patton, Coalition for the Upper South Platte 719-748-0033


Noxious Weed Fight Begins At Cheesman Canyon


Morrison, Colo., July 7, 2010…The U.S. Forest Service – Pike National Forest, South Platte District and Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) will host a “Pulling for Colorado” event at Cheesman Canyon on the South Platte Ranger District from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 10th.  The event is both an educational and work event for individuals, groups and families who register and volunteer to help eradicate noxious plants that threaten the canyon’s ecology.

The state-wide campaign, called “Pulling For Colorado,” takes place on July 10 with work and educational events at 25 locations throughout the state to bring attention to the problem of noxious weeds. The events will involve potentially hundreds of community volunteers.


According to Denny Bohon, Pike National Forest biologist, “Noxious weeds are beginning to invade this spectacular canyon and it’s important to act quickly to eliminate these weeds.”


“It’s an opportunity for citizens and families to get involved, assist with a community problem, spend a morning outdoors and learn how they, themselves, can help protect Colorado’s environment,” said Bohon.


The Front Range as well as the entire state is facing a major challenge to parks, open spaces, agricultural lands, forests, and grasslands. The threat is so insidious and pervasive that federal, state, and local agencies and organizations are joining in a long-term campaign to fight this persistent threat. 

That threat is non-native noxious weeds that now infest about one million acres in Colorado, with Federal agencies estimating that these weeds are spreading on western federal public lands at a rate of 4,600 acres per day. These weeds cost Colorado landowners an estimated $100 million annually in lost productivity of range and crop land and threaten the integrity of Colorado’s lands.

Organizers believe that by working together Colorado can effectively and appropriately control weed infestations and minimize the threat weeds pose to agriculture, natural heritage, and quality of life.

The series of “Pulling For Colorado” events being hosted throughout the state is supported by the Colorado Weed Management Association and many other sponsors, organizations and agencies.