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In this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

ALIEN PLANT: A plant species that is not indigenous to the State of Colorado.

COMMISSIONER: The commissioner of the Colorado department of agriculture or his or her designee.

DIRECTOR: Has the meaning provided in section 9-1-5 of this code.

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT: The planning and implementation of a coordinated program utilizing a variety of methods for managing noxious weeds, the purpose of which is to achieve specified management objectives and promote desirable plant communities. Such methods may include, but are not limited to, education, preventive measures, good stewardship, and the following techniques:

A. "Biological management", which means the use of an organism to disrupt the growth of noxious weeds.

B. "Chemical management", which means the use of herbicides or plant growth regulators to disrupt the growth of noxious weeds.

C. "Cultural management", which means methodologies or management practices that favor the growth of desirable plants over noxious weeds, including maintaining an optimum fertility and plant moisture status in an area, planting at optimum density and spatial arrangement in an area, and planting species most suited to an area.

D. "Mechanical management", which means methodologies or management practices that physically disrupt plant growth, including tilling, mowing, burning, flooding, mulching, hand pulling, hoeing, and grazing.

LANDOWNER: The owner of record of any public or private real property that is subject to this chapter.

MANAGEMENT: Any activity that prevents a plant from establishing, reproducing, or dispersing itself.

MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVE: The specific, desired result of integrated management efforts and includes:

A. "Eradication" which means reducing the reproductive success of a noxious weed species or specified noxious weed population in largely uninfected regions to zero and permanently eliminating the species or population within a specified period of time. Once all specified weed populations are eliminated or prevented from reproducing, intensive efforts continue until the existing seed bank is exhausted.

B. "Containment" which means maintaining an intensively managed buffer zone that separates infested regions, where suppression activities prevail, from largely uninfected regions, where eradication activities prevail.

C. "Suppression" which means reducing the vigor of noxious weed populations within an infested region, decreasing the propensity of noxious weed species to spread to surrounding lands, and mitigating the negative effects of noxious weed populations on infested lands. Suppression efforts may employ a wide variety of integrated management techniques.

D. "Restoration" which means the removal of noxious weed species and reestablishment of desirable plant communities on lands of significant environmental or agricultural value in order to help restore or maintain said value.

MANAGEMENT PLAN OR NOXIOUS WEED MANAGEMENT PLAN: The noxious weed management plan development by any person or the town using integrated management.

NATIVE PLANT: A plant species that is indigenous to the State of Colorado.

NOXIOUS WEED: An alien plant or parts of an alien plant that are designated as noxious weed by the town's noxious weed management plan, and which meet one or more of the following criteria:

A. Aggressively invades or is detrimental to economic crops or native plant communities;

B. Is poisonous to livestock;

C. Is a carrier of detrimental insects, diseases, or parasites; or

D. The direct or indirect presence of this plant is detrimental to the environmental sound management of natural or agricultural ecosystems.

OCCUPANT: Any person in physical possession of property who is not the owner of such property. For the purposes of this chapter, "occupant" does not include the owner of an easement or right-of-way across property.

PERSON: Has the meaning provided in section 1-3-2 of this code.

PROPERTY: Any lot, tract or parcel of real property located within the corporate limits of the town.

TOWN'S NOXIOUS WEED MANAGEMENT PLAN: The noxious weed management plan adopted by the town council pursuant to section 35-5.5-106(1), Colorado Revised Statutes, as amended from time to time.

WEED: Any undesirable plant. (Ord. 15, Series 2007)