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Parking for the afternoon event is provided at Baca Park (301 Cam Del Medio, Taos, NM 87571).

It’s the FOREST FIRE YOU CAN’T SEE!  Please join us for a FREE educational event featuring Dr. Leslie Beck, the statewide Extension Weed Specialist at New Mexico State University, on Friday, July 2, 2021.  Dr. Beck will present information on twelve of the worst Taos County offenders including how to identify the plants, why they are dangerous to our ecosystem, and what you can do if you see them.  The morning session (9:00 a.m. to noon) will be held via zoom webinar at:
Passcode: weeds
You can also join via One tap mobile by clicking: +13462487799,,89324009792#,,,,*728464#
Or via landline at:  1 (301) 715-8592  (Webinar ID: 893 2400 9792 and Passcode: 728464)
Our exciting afternoon session will feature on-site education with our dedicated and knowledgeable Taos County CWMA members who will present the weeds in-person and be available to answer questions.
This is also your opportunity to bring a weed for expert identification!  Simply bring the weed in a plastic bag with your name and contact information in case the identification takes a little sleuthing!
We hope to see you there!

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!