CSU Natural Resources

Natural Resources:

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.


Wildlife Issues

Our office can help provide information on the 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 Exam

Individuals 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. The 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://ag.colorado.gov/plants. Commercial pesticide applicators’ licenses are also obtained through the CDA. For Commercial Pesticide Applicator information go to https://ag.colorado.gov/plants. 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 Services

We 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 https://montezumacounty.org/noxious-weed-program/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.


Perry Cabot

Water Resources Specialist – Western RegionAdministration – extension regional Staff

Work Phone(719) 334-2558 Work EmailPerry.Cabot@colostate.edu

Scott Nissen

Extension Specialist – Weed Science (50%)College of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Work Phone(970) 491-3489 Work Emailscott.nissen@colostate.edu


Frank Peairs

Extension Specialist – EntomologyCollege of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Work Phone(970) 491-5945Work EmailFrank.Peairs@colostate.edu


Jim Self

Extension Specialist – Soil TestCollege of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Soil and Crop Sciences

Work Phone(970) 491-5061 Work Emailjames.self@colostate.edu

Website: http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/SoilCrop/

Thia Walker

Extension Specialist (75%) – Pesticide EducationCollege of Agricultural SciencesDepartment of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Work Phone(970) 491-6027 Work Fax(970) 491-3862Work EmailThia.Walker@ColoState.EDU

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