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Volunteers to pull noxious weeds requested for Bear Creek Regional Park Aug. 1

An example is shown of toadflax, a common noxious weed in Bear Creek Regional Park.
Courtesy of El Paso County Parks
       El Paso County Parks is looking for volunteers to help pull noxious weeds in Bear Creek Regional Park, including the area around the Bear Creek Nature Center, Saturday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon.
       “Because of the wet spring, we have seen an enormous amount of weeds taking over the park,” said Jamie Bequette, Nature Center supervisor. “For any kind of push-back on the weeds to be significant, we must have help eradicating them.”
       The work will focus on prevalent weeds in the park, including mullein, thistle varieties and toadflax.
       Volunteers will receive bags, vests, gloves and the necessary tools. Long pants, long-sleeve shirts, sturdy shoes and a water bottle are recommended.
       Pre-registration is requested by Friday, July 31 for either of the two park weed-pulling project areas:
       - Nature Center (26th Street side of the park) - contact Jamie Bequette at jamiebequette@elpasco.com or 520-6388.
       - 21st Street side of the park - contact Kyle Melvin at kylemelvin@elpasoco.com or 520-6976.
       Walk-up volunteers are also welcome on the Aug. 1 project day, at either the El Paso County Park headquarters, 2002 Creek Crossing (off Rio Grande Street), or Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road.

From a press release
(Posted 7/24/15; Outdoors: City/County Parks)

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