Canyon Area Residents for the Environment

C.A.R.E. is a nonprofit coalition of HOAs and other neighborhood groups in the Central Mountain Area of Jefferson County.  Our purpose is to preserve and enhance the community and the environment, provide a forum for community deliberation and a unified affirmative action to promote positive governmental action consistent with the needs of the area. For more information about Who We Are, go here.

C.A.R.E. Geographic Area

C.A.R.E. covers that section of Jefferson County between Clear Creek on the north to Bear Creek on the south, from the Hogback in the east to the western border of Jefferson County. The C.A.R.E. area is bisected by Mount Vernon Canyon and Interstate 70 and includes Mount Morrison, Genesee and Lininger Mountain and Mount Vernon. Read more about Who We Are …

C.A.R.E. Quarterly Meetings and Minutes

C.A.R.E. Upcoming 2021 Meeting Dates (via Zoom)
Wednesdays at 7PM Tentative, contact for a meeting link 24 hours prior to:

        • Wednesday Oct 20

Curious as to what we’ve been doing in past meetings? Link to Quarterly Meeting Minutes.

Fire Season

Information and Resources for dealing with fire in the mountains , including Kitty Pring’s presentation on wildfire mitigation grants for HOAs and the entire set of the CSU Extension Wildfire Wednesdays 2020 presentations. Plus, we’ve just added an entire set of wildfire preparedness digital resources, brochures on what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done. Read online or download the PDFs. For all the  information we have on file, go to Fire Season.

C.A.R.E. Weed War

Weeds are a growing concern in our neighborhood. Many homeowner associations and individuals informed C.A.R.E. that they felt overwhelmed by the numbers of weeds, particularly, the Bull, Canadian, and Musk thistles.  Neighbors who had worked hard to eliminate noxious weeds despaired because neighboring areas were infested, so the weeds would eventually return.  C.A.R.E. hopes to help share information on what works, investigate grants and foster cooperation in dealing with this invasion. Click here for resources, methods & links for fighting noxious weeds.

Noxious Weeds at a Glance (Dept. of Agriculture)

Note: Jefferson County Website has an added category CLASS B-ERADICATE . Click on a picture or weed name below to see more information about the weed.

1988 July Canada Thistle and deer from Yvonne Micke1988 Comparison then & now Elk and deer at Rilliet ParkPost Canada Thistle treatment

Read about what was done to achieve the Thistle free pasture.

P1020201Myrtle Spurge
Class A – Eradicate

Canada ThistleCanada Thistle
Class B

Diffuse KnapweedDiffuse Knapweed
Class B – Eradicate

Musk Thistle MatureMusk Thistle
Class B

Version 2Dalmatian Toadflax 
Class B

Apex Trail 2015Common Mullein
Class C