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Montezuma County Offices
109 W. Main St., Room 102
Cortez, CO  80321-3155
(970) 565-3123
(970) 564-8615 (fax)



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Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MST
Closed holidays

County Extension Director, Agriculture,
4-H, Natural Resources
Tom Hooten

4-H Program Coordinator
Andrea Jeter

Administrative Assistant
Kathy Harris


Natural Resources

Our Programs


Native Plant Master

A Native Plant Master is a person who receives special training about native plants, certification from Colorado State University Extension, and uses that training in community education. The mission of the Native Plant Master is to educate the public about the biological and human values of Colorado plants in order to foster stewardship and sustainable use of these plant resources. A Native Plant Certificate is available for a higher fee for those who would like to take the course, but do not wish to make the commitment for educational contacts. Colorado has a multitude of native plants that are well adapted to our variable climate, soils, temperatures, and elevations: wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. The Colorado Native Plant Society recommends using native plants in landscaping and revegetation. Because of native plants' adaptability and plants unique to regional horticulture, they are worth promoting and protecting.

Weed Symposium

The annual Four Corners Weed Management Symposium is held in late winter or early spring and rotates locations around SW Colorado and NW New Mexico. This symposium brings together industry and State University personnel to address best management practices and also offers Continuing Education Credits for Commercial and Public Pesticide Applicators. Weed management is a major issue in the Four Corners Area. Economic loss caused by weeds is monumental.

Soil and Water Testing

Materials for soil testing and water testing kits are available in the Extension Office. Testing can be done at Colorado State University's Soil, Water, and Plant Testing Laboratory or at private labs. Staff are available to advise on sampling procedures and interpretation of results.

Plant, Insect, and Spider Identification

Plant, insect, and spider identification services are available in the Extension Office. Please stop by the office or call for more information. A fee may be applied if the services of a specialist is required.



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