<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - black%20forest%20fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/black%20forest%20fire Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:09:46 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New problem on El Paso County's wildfire burn scars: noxious weeds]]> http://gazette.com/new-problem-on-el-paso-countys-wildfire-burn-scars-noxious-weeds/article/1556430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-problem-on-el-paso-countys-wildfire-burn-scars-noxious-weeds/article/1556430?custom_click=rss

Noxious weeds are still noxious weeds, even where nothing grows.

In the years since the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, noxious weeds have taken hold on the fires' two burn scars in western and eastern El Paso County, particularly in Black Forest, where rain and good soil provide a welcoming environment. While burn scars, denuded of vegetation and a flood risk, need all the growth they can get, once noxious weeds can be nearly impossible to eradicate, said Tina Travis, an environmental technician with El Paso County.

"They are usually the first ones to come up after a fire," said Travis. "If you don't gain a foothold on them now, you can't stop noxious weeds."

They are Canada thistle, yellow toadflax and mullein,



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