The health and diversity of native plant populations impact our food, water and wellbeing. Healthy ecosystems provide the fundamental basis for all life on earth; this includes forming soil and cycling nutrients. Plants are the critical base of food chains in most ecosystems and native plants most efficiently support other native plant and animal species. Native plants can help regulate flooding and fire danger and are harvested for food or medicine. Native plants are also important culturally for recreational and spiritual purposes, including their use in ceremonies, favorite hiking spots, family gatherings and gardens to attract bees and butterflies.
Noxious weeds are a major threat to the diversity of our native ecosystems. Noxious weeds are non-native invasive plants that displace desirable vegetation and degrade natural and agricultural lands. They threaten our drinking water supply, agricultural crops, pasture lands and native habitats. We are dealing with several noxious weeds at our Chatfield site. The 750 acres in the Chatfield basin have been managed by the Gardens since the mid-70s and are an example of typical grassland habitat in the region. Chatfield staff along with our Research and Conservation department are monitoring and managing noxious weeds at the site while also focusing on restoration using appropriate plants native to the region.
As part of this effort, we are participating in Pulling for Colorado (P4C), a statewide effort to educate Colorado about the impacts noxious weeds are having on our natural, agricultural and recreational lands. This Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., we encourage you to join us at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield to learn about local noxious weeds and help us get rid of some at Chatfield. This will be light to medium work and includes snacks and drinks. Volunteers will be empowered to become a native plant advocate!
For questions about our event, please contact me at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about other events occurring throughout the state, visit the Colorado Weed Management Association website.