SW Colorado picks fight with invasive oxeye daisy

March 16, 2015
Photo: Oxeye daisies(Photo: Courtesy Flickr user Tony Morris/Creative Commons)
A bevy of government agencies and counties are joining together to fight the spread of oxeye daisies, an invasive species.

The Durango Herald reports that the daisy, which was introduced to the area about 20 years ago, has pushed out native grasses and is inedible to elk and deer. 

The goal is use herbicides on oxeye daisies along 109 miles of road this summer. The control efforts will start along U.S. Highway 550 between Durango and Red Mountain, [Rod Cook, La Plata County weed manager] said.

“The whole thing is about habitat improvement, making things better for wildlife, birds and insects and trying to save our diversity of scenic wildflowers,” he said.

Read more at the Durango Herald. 

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