The Cedaredge Trustees on March 21 adopted a resolution that initiates a "noxious weed management plan" for the town.
The town code already includes regulations regarding cutting and removing unsightly weeds.
But the noxious weed resolution deals with specific categories and species of plants.
The resolution sets in motion a process that will likely lead to the formation of a citizen board. It's job would be to develop a program for dealing specifically with some of the almost 100 noxious weed species named in a state list of the pests that was adopted as part of the trustee's resolution.
Some of the weeds on the list are growing in Cedaredge now, and many are familiar to residents. Salt cedar, also known as tamarisk, is an invasive species from Asia that is the subject of eradication efforts because of its water robbing habits in local riparian areas.
Hoary cress, or white top, is a familiar nuisance in local pastures and stands of grass hay.
A poisonous weed, western whorled milkweed, was responsible for killing an entire herd of Hereford cattle on a ranch northwest of Cedaredge in 2004. The milkweed had been cut and baled in grass hay from a neighboring field and then fed to the cattle.
A weed, some would argue, is in the eye of the beholder. The official noxious weed Scotch thistle displays a purple flower that is the logo-mark for Encyclopedia Britannica and is not an uncommon site in the Surface Creek Valley.
Another weed on the town's list, St. John's wort, is the source of a dietary supplement used to relieve depression symptoms. St. John's wort is dispensed by prescription in Europe.
The word "wort" is an Old English term for "plant." Sometimes called an herb for its medicinal qualities, it gets its name because legend has that it blooms on the birthday of John the Baptist.
The shady grove of big trees that surround the Pioneer Town Chapel of the Cross is comprised almost exclusively of Russian olive, another plant that is on the list of noxious weeds.
The town board may eventually adopt ordinances that deal specifically with some of the 100 weeds considered to be noxious.blog comments powered by Disqus