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2022 Noxious Weed Lecture and Tour!

Friday, July 8, 2022 – 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Join the Taos Soil & Water Conservation District and Taos County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) for the fourth annual free noxious and invasive species lecture and tour featuring Dr. Richard Lee (National IPM Specialist for BLM) and Dr. Leslie Beck (Statewide Extension Weed Specialist at NMSU).  Due to Covid considerations, this in-person event will be limited to 50 attendees so please register early!  We will also broadcast the morning portion of the event in webinar format – login link below.   Attendees will learn how to identify and control noxious weeds & other invasive plants found around Taos.  Also, feel free to bring a sample of a weed you’d like help identifying (just make sure it’s contained in a paper bag with your name and contact information on it).


When: Jul 8, 2022 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Taos County CWMA Noxious Weed Lecture

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: weeds


Taos SWCD is proud to collaborate and fiscally sponsor the Taos County CWMA (Cooperative Weed Management Area) – a formal partnership that includes participation from Taos SWCD, USDA Carson National Forest, USDI Bureau of Land Management (Taos Field Office), NM Department of Agriculture, NM State University Agricultural Extension Office, NM Department of Transportation, NM Division of Forestry, Southern Methodist University (Taos Campus), Taos County, Town of Taos, Amigos Bravos, Taos Land Trust, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, NM Native Plant Society (Taos Chapter), Sunset Park Inc., and Rio Grande Ace Hardware. As a group, we are committed to educating landowners in Taos County about the forest fire you can’t see – noxious weeds!

For more information about what noxious weeds are, view this short video:

Taos SWCD and the Taos County CWMA both endorse the use of an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategy when addressing noxious weed infestations. An IPM will identify all the “tools in a toolbox” for each noxious weed and prioritize management strategies based on what works. In most cases, many different strategies are implemented together to have the greatest impact. Chemical herbicides are typically recommended as a last resort. To learn more about IPMs, check out this short video:

Additional information:

NM Thistle ID Guide – NPSNM

Coming soon:  Geocaching tour of noxious weeds in Taos County!