Noxious Weed Control
I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.
Noxious weeds cost ag producers millions of dollars in control efforts and reduced productivity every year. Natural areas are also plagued by noxious weeds where they invade and outcompete native plants. Washington state has created nationally recognized noxious weed laws and the state infrastructure to implement them. The state’s Noxious Weed Control Board helps to administer these laws along with the WSDA, county weed control boards, and weed districts. Wendy Descamp, education specialist with the Noxious Weed Control Board, says the board is made up of twelve unpaid public officials and nine voting members.
DESCAMP: These voting members represent different regions of the state as well as an eastern Washington and western Washington public interest and someone representing in our weed districts. We have three non-voting members and these are scientific advisors, and then we have two paid staff members.
The state weed board works with county noxious weed control boards as well as weed districts to carry out Washington’s noxious weed laws
DESCAMP: We provide a voice to state and federal government on noxious weed issues and we also promote public awareness of noxious weeds through education outreach through our website as well as through a number of publications that we create and publish and handout.
To learn more about how you can do your part in protecting Washington from noxious weeds visit www.nwcb.wa.gov.. Tomorrow Descamp will talk more about Washington’s noxious weed laws, the state’s noxious weed list and control efforts.
That’s Washington Ag Today.
I’m Lacy Gray on the Ag Information Network.