The most aggressive and targeted noxious weed treatment in the park to date, it will help restore the natural resources in and around the park and support the city’s long-term noxious weed prevention plan. Among the weeds to be removed are myrtle spurge; Canada, musk and scotch thistle; Dalmatian and yellow toadflax; diffuse knapweed; hoary cress; and mullein.
The project is staffed by the Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) thanks in part to a $27,000 grant awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to the Colorado Youth Corps Association. The grant is specific to accredited youth corps that employ youth and young adults on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies statewide. Colorado Springs is contributing an additional $7,000 toward the project as well as training and cultural awareness resources to MHYC.
GOCO receives a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to preserve, protect and enhance the state's wildlife, parks, rivers, trails and open spaces. This project is one example of the many ways the Colorado Springs community benefits from GOCO support.
Herbicide application flags are visible in the treatment area and additional application information is available at ColoradoSprings.gov/herbicide.