Island County Noxious Weed Control Board

Program Contact: Seth Luginbill
(360) 678-7992 • s.luginbill@co.island.wa.us

 PRESS RELEASE

June 26th, 2017

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING – ISLAND COUNTY NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD

 

The Island County Noxious Weed Control Board will hold its quarterly business meeting on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the WSU Extension Meeting Room, 406 N Main St, Coupeville, WA.  

MAY 30, 2017

 

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill a position on the Noxious Weed Control Board.

 

The Board of County Commissioners appoints Noxious Weed Control Board members for 4 year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement.  The Noxious Weed Control Board consists of five voting members, one from each of five geographical areas that best represent the county’s interests.  At least four of the voting members need to be engaged in the production of agricultural products.  The Board members do not receive a salary but will be compensated for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.  The current opening is for:

 

District III which encompasses Race Road south of Coupeville to the northern city limits of Freeland.  

 

Duties as a member of the Noxious Weed Control Board include attending quarterly meetings, regulating the duties and direction of the Weed Control Coordinator’s position and making decisions regarding noxious weed control efforts in Island County.  All persons interested in applying should make a written application that includes the signature of at least ten registered voters residing in the section supporting the nomination.

 

Application materials may be obtained by contacting Seth Luginbill at (360) 678-7992 or by email at s.luginbill@co.island.wa.us

 

Applications should be sent by mail, email or FAX to: Island County Board of Commissioners, Attn: Pam Dill, Re: Noxious Weed Control Board Vacancies, Post Office Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. The FAX number is (360) 679-7381 and email applications should be sent to pamd@co.island.wa.us.  Application materials should be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. For additional information please phone (360) 679-7353 or e-mail Pam Dill at the above address.

Click here to see photos and fact sheets for

noxious weeds known to occur in Island County

 

A Brief History of Noxious Weed Boards

Washington State has required landowners to control the noxious weeds within their property since 1881. However, it wasn’t until 1969 that active engagement and enforcement of the legislation took effect through the establishment of county based Noxious Weed Control Boards; these boards provide local enforcement of RCW 17.10 or WAC 16-750.

The Island County Noxious Weed Control Board implements laws and guidelines of the RCW 17.10 and WAC 16-750. In collaboration with Washington State University Extension the board also provides educational opportunities to increase awareness of what noxious weeds are and how to tell them from native species.

So what are noxious weeds? Noxious weeds are undesirable non-native plants that have economic, ecological, or aesthetic implications. Noxious weeds are often highly destructive and extremely competitive with native flora, making them very difficult to control. The impact of noxious weeds can be quite extensive. To the farmer noxious weeds can reduce crop yields, lower the quality of grazing lands, reduce the value of land, poison cattle, and plug waterways. For the urban gardener noxious weeds can out grow and dominate the desired flora, poison pets, and decrease the value of land.  Other effects of noxious weeds include land erosion, high risk of wild fires, reduce outdoor recreational activities (e.g. hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking), and destroy native plant and animal habitat.

There are four different types of classification with noxious weeds: class A, class B designates, class B, and class C, as defined by the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

Class A Weeds: Non-native species whose distribution in Washington is still limited. Preventing new infestations and eradicating existing infestations are the highest priority.

Eradication of all Class A plants is required by law.

Class B Weeds: Non-native species presently limited to portions of the State. These species are designated for control in regions where they are not yet widespread. Preventing new infestations in these areas is a high priority. In regions where a Class B species is already abundant, control is decided at the local level, with containment as the primary goal.

Class C Weeds: Noxious weeds which are already widespread in WA or are of special interest to the state’s agricultural industry. The Class C status allows counties to enforce control if locally desired.

When controlling an invasion of noxious weeds on a parcel of land there are several different methods of control that can be implemented by the land owner. It is best to use a combination of multiple control methods or intergraded pest management (IPM). Methods of control are physical, mechanical, biological, cultural, and chemical.  Island County Noxious Weed Control Board (ICNWCB) provides resources to assist land owners with developing and implementing control strategies. When landowners need assistance with identification or developing a control program the ICNWCB has a program coordinator who can assist with any issues that might arise.