Re-evaluate herbicide use for noxious weeds |

Re-evaluate herbicide use for noxious weeds

Susan Stambaugh

Dear Editor,

By coincidence I saw a brief piece in the Post Independent about a brochure produced by the Colorado Big Country Resource, Conservation and Development Inc. on “Invasive, Ornamental Weeds in Colorado.” I called and requested one.

On a walk in Carbondale along Snowmass Drive, my husband and I identified yellow toadflax, one of the no-no weeds, located on the highway right of way.

I called Garfield County weed management, but was told there is little they can do in Carbondale. I called Larry Ballenger, who assured me he would do what was permitted under town rules.

I appreciate the vocal locals who keep herbicides from being sprayed in our parks where children play. I don’t appreciate vocal locals who hamstring our local government when it comes to eliminating invasive weeds on town right of ways where no children play.

There seems to have been a departure from logic when discussion was about dandelions and not invasive ornamental weeds.

My point in writing you is to encourage citizens to call 945-5494, ext. 4, and ask for a brochure on invasive ornamental weeds so you, too, can become educated about these noxious weeds in our midst and help to do something about them; and to encourage citizens to take up the discussion again about when and where it would be appropriate to use herbicides to eliminate noxious and invasive weeds from the town of Carbondale.

Yours truly,

Susan Stambaugh


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