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Learn more about weeds, plants

SILVERTHORNE – Sunday, residents and visitors can learn more about invasive weeds, native plants and the water that holds them all together.

The Continental Divide Land Trust presents “Water, Weeds and Wildflowers” from noon to 4 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

This free event features booths and displays, educational talks, kids’ activities, wildflower and weed identification walks, and more. The event is sponsored by the Town of Silverthorne and Alpine Bank.

“Weeds are a serious problem here in Summit County,” said Leigh Girvin, executive director of Continental Divide Land Trust. “But this event will be fun, informal, and informative. We have free activities for the whole family.”

Kids’ activities include face painting, story time, craft projects, a scavenger hunt, and pettable animal pelts.

Everyone’s skills can be tested with the “Guess the Seeds” game, and door prizes include a 5-foot bristlecone, a small spruce tree, a flower basket, wildflower seeds, art, and more. Bring in a mystery plant from your yard and our experts will try to identify it with the “Identi-Plant” program.

Wildflower and Weed identification walks will take place right from the pavilion and are offered by local wildflower instructor Pat Taylor and weed experts Paul Schreiner and Lisa Taylor of the Summit County Weed Program. There will also be a weed booth and display.

Information on native plants that work in local landscaping will be provided by the Summit Garden Club, CSU Master Gardener Program, Senior Gardeners, and local nurseries including Alpine Gardens, BP Reclamation, Neils Lunceford and Native! Habitats and Landscaping.

Colorado State Forest will have information on pine beetle control and management. Colorado Division of Wildlife will share information about animals that relate to water and wildflower seed dispersal.

Water will be addressed with displays from the Colorado Division of Water Resources, the Blue River Restoration Project and Trout Unlimited.

Other organizations with booths include Continental Divide Land Trust, Friends of Eagle’s Nest Wilderness, Summit Recycling Project, SPORT – Silverthorne Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Trails, and Greater Alma Recreation Trails and Open Space.

Educational programs will be presented on composting, xeriscaping, land conservation, wildflowers and birds, and noxious weeds.

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County provides money to fight weeds

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Noxious Weed Program officials have $10,000 to distribute as matching funds to people who want to eradicate noxious weeds on their property.

Noxious weeds are non-native weeds that, because they have no natural predators, take over the land by edging out native plants.

The program will grant qualifying property owners up to $500 to buy products or cover grazing or mowing costs.

Applicants must submit an application with a weed management plan and detailed map. Those who have weeds on their property that are listed on Summit County’s highest priority list will have precedence over people with less-noxious weeds.

Summit County’s highest priority weeds are leafy spurge, Russian knapweed, plumeless thistle, houndstongue, spotted knapweed, diffuse knapweed, dalmatian toadflax, hoary crest, perennial pepperweed and common tansy.

Noxious weed officials can help property owners create a weed management plan.

Colorado’s “Weed Awareness Week” begins Monday. July 19 is the Annual Weed-Pull at the Dillon Amphitheatre, and “Water, Weeds and Wildflowers” takes place Sunday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

For more information, contact Lisa Taylor at (970) 668-4218.

– Daily News staff report

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