Noxious Weed Summit

The Summit County Noxious Weed Summit will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sheldon D. Richins Building, located at 6505 North Landmark Drive.

Recycle Utah and the Uinta Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council are sponsoring the event to instruct the public on how to identify noxious weeds and what to do when they find them.

According to Insa Riepen, Recycle Utah Director, warmer weather is contributing to an increasing number of invasive species in Summit County.

"Most alarming are the recent sightings of tamarisk, considered to be one of the most destructive plants riparian areas in the western United States," Insa said in a statement. "In many regions, the infestation of tamarisk is considered an epidemic."

Tamarisk is a deciduous tree or shrub that, if not controlled, will choke out native species, such as willows from creeks and rivers.

Other harmful Summit County weeds include garlic mustard, yellow star thistle, spotted knapweed and yellow toadflax.

Representatives from all three Summit County ski areas, Park City Medical Center and Summit County will be present at the summit.

For more information, contact Recycle Utah at 435-649-9698 or Summit County's Weed Department at www.co.summit.ut.us/weed/

Pride in Your Park cleanup

The public is invited to the annual Pride in Your Park community clean-up event on Saturday, May 18. Volunteers should meet at Wasatch Brew Pub, located at 250 Main Street, at 8:30 a.m. for a light breakfast, or 9 a.m. to join a crew to pick up trash and recyclables in Park City's parks, waterways, roadsides and fields.

Most of the collected garbage will be recycled and trash will be taken to the landfill. Trash and recycling bags will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves and reusable water bottles.

The event is sponsored by Wasatch Brew Pub and Recycle Utah. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Recycle Utah.