Several species of plants have become a threat to the economic and environmental value of land in Summit County Colorado. These invasive species are non-native to the United States and have no natural predators or diseases to keep them in check. They are rapidly displacing native vegetation, causing a loss of native ecosystems` stability and diversity, while negatively affecting recreational resources.
Pursuant to §35-5.5-101, et seq., C.R.S., the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, the State of Colorado has mandated that “a countywide plan must be implemented by every county to prevent further damage by these noxious weed species”.
In 2000 Summit County hired a Weed Program Manager, adopted the Summit County Weed Management Plan and organized the Weed Advisory Board (pursuant to Resolution No. 2001-18), for the purposes of fulfilling its responsibilities with respect to the Act and managing all of the unincorporated lands in the County with respect to noxious weeds. Since 2000, the Act has been revised and therefore certain provisions of the original Summit County Weed Management Plan have also undergone revisions to accurately reflect the provision of the Act.