Canyon Area Residents for the Environment

CARE is a nonprofit coalition of HOAs and other neighborhood groups in the Central Mountain Area of Jefferson County.
Purpose: 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.


Jefferson County area between Clear Creek and Bear Creek from the Hogback to the Western Border of Jefferson County. The CARE area is bisected by Mt. Vernon Canyon and Interstate 70 and includes Mt. Morrison, Genesee and Lininger Mountain and Mt. Vernon.
read more about Who We Are …

CARE Quarterly Meetings and Minutes

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

        • Wednesday April 21
        • Wednesday July 14
        • Wednesday Oct 20

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.

CARE Weed War

Weeds are a growing concern in our neighborhood. Many homeowner associations and individuals informed CARE that they felt overwhelmed by the numbers of weeds after last summer’s rains, 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 return.  CARE hopes to help share information on what works, investigate grants and foster cooperation in dealing with this invasion.

Click on a picture or weed name below to see more information about the weed.

Noxious Weeds at a Glance Dept. of Agriculture
Note: Jefferson County Website has an added category

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

Resources, Methods & Links for Fighting noxious weeds.