Natural resources are fundamental in the day to day lives of individuals. Montezuma County Extension provides research and education in the various areas of natural resources particularly those prevalent in the community. For example, in times of drought, we provide information on water conservation and drought resources. In addition, we provide information in the areas of bark beetle management, consult on weed plans, and help the locals with pest management.
ServicesWildlife IssuesOur office can help provide information on prevention and control of wildlife damage and conflicts. Animals often at issue include prairie dogs, gophers, voles, skunks, woodpeckers, biting and stinging critters, snakes, mice, squirrels, deer, elk, rabbits, birds, and bats. For immediate assistance contact the City of Cortez Animal Control (970)565-8441 or visit their website at https://www.cityofcortez.com/206/Reporting-Animal-Issues
Pesticide Applicators License ExamIndividuals who would like to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides for private use are required to have a Colorado Department of Agriculture Private Pesticide License. Training manual and examination packet are $20.00. The license fee is $75.00 The license is good for three years. For more information go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/pesticides. Commercial pesticide applicators’ licenses are also obtained through the CDA. For Commercial Pesticide Applicator information go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/commercial-pesticide-applicator-business-licensing. The phone number for more pesticide information is 303-869-9057. The general phone number for the CDA is 303-869-9000.
Plant and Insect Identification ServicesWe provide identification of major plant pests (insects, diseases, and weeds) along with management strategies at our office. The Noxious Weed Department is conveniently located within our same complex. For more information on the Montezuma Noxious Weed Department and the cost-share programs, they have available, visit http://montezumacounty.org/web/departments/weeds/ or call (790)565-0580. Also, general identification of household (and other) insects, native and non-native plants, and spiders and their relatives. We can also help provide consultations regarding issues that may arise with the identified species.
ProgrammingSan Juan Basin Noxious Weed SymposiumWeed management is a big issue in the State of Colorado. The San Juan Basin Noxious Weed Symposium brings industry and University personnel together to address best management practices as it relates to weeds. This symposium is held each March or April and, like the Beef Symposium, rotates each year through the counties of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan New Mexico.
Water Resources Specialist – Western RegionAdministration – extension regional Staff
Extension Specialist – Weed Science (50%)College of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Extension Specialist – EntomologyCollege of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Extension Specialist – Soil TestCollege of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Soil and Crop Sciences
Extension Specialist (75%) – Pesticide EducationCollege of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
- Irrigation (See Irrigation in Crops)
- Weather/Precipitation Resources
- Snowfall Reports
- Colorado SNOTEL Snow/Precipitation Update Report
- Colorado Water Newsletter
- Colorado Water Conservation Board newsletter – August
- Forage Soil & Water TestingColorado State University ‘s Soil, Water and Plant Testing Lab are available to residents looking for answers. Test information is available in the Extension Office, as well as information from private labs at competitive testing fees. For more information on CSU Testing options visit: http://www.soiltestinglab.colostate.edu/. We also have Servi-Tech:https://servitechlabs.com/ soil sample bags available at our office. Call or stop by our office if you have any questions.
- CSU Extension Natural Resources
- CSU Extension Trees and Woodlands
- Colorado State Forest Service
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