Dear Garfield County Noxious Weed Cost Share Cooperators and Landowners:
The Weed Board has decided to add Poison Hemlock and Scotch Thistle for cost sharing this year. The percentage of reimbursement for chemical cost share will be approved annually by the GCNWCB.
Cost Share rate will vary from year to year based on applications being submitted county-wide. The 2020 Cost Share rate paid by the GCNWCB was 21%. The 2021 rate will be more or less.
Please read the enclosed Cost Share Application Form.
The Board has voted to do the following in 2021:
- Cost share will only be for chemicals used to control Yellow Starthistle and Rush Skeltonweed, Poison Hemlock, and Scotch Thistle.
- No cost sharing on CRP, CREP, or agricultural cropland.
- All chemicals must be paid for by the cost share cooperator, and will be partially reimbursed based on a percentage determined by weed board.
- Application forms for cost sharing under the above terms should be received by Jim McKeirnan before spraying is started.
- Completion of treatment forms should be received by Jim McKeirnan by October 1st, 2021.
- The Operator should receive a stamped copy of their cost share application from the GCNWCB. Please keep that copy as your receipt that the GCNWCB has received your Cost Share application.
- Those of you that spray late in the fall, chemical cost can be cost shared in 2022.
- Individuals should contact Jim McKeirnan if there are other weeds that the Weed Board should consider for future cost share consideration.
Garfield County Noxious Weed Board Coordinator
690 W. Main St.
Pomeroy WA. 99347
Attached: Cost Share Application 2021
Attached: Treatment Certification 2021
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has partnered with Garfield County for a noxious weed treatment cost-share program to be used on property that includes: Bonneville Power Administration rights-of-way and access roads that are within your property boundaries. We strongly encourage your participation in applying. Due to lack of participation last year, being that they were the only applicant, only one person was granted the money. Bonneville Power wants to help with costs for controlling weeds around their equipment and roads, and this is a great opportunity to have some or all of your costs covered.
Weed control methods on BPA rights-of-ways, access roads, and adjoining land that will be included for this cost-share program:
- Chemical use of herbicides
- Biological release of agents which feed on or destroy undesirable plants
- Competitive plantings to replace and/or prevent the establishment of undesirable plants.
- Application Costs
The amount available for funding is $6,500. The amount to be distributed will be determined by the amount of participants.
Dates and Additional Information:
September 1, 2021– A copy of an invoice of the cost of treatment; and a completed spray record sheet (if using herbicides) must be submitted to the GCNWCB Coordinator Jim McKeirnan. Spray record sheets are available from Jim.
Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional information. I have maps available that show which areas are available for cost share.
Garfield County Noxious Weed Board Coordinator
690 W Main St. Pomeroy, WA 99347
Attached: Garfield County/Bonneville Power Administration Noxious Weed Control Cost-Share Spray Record – Due Sept. 1st
Garfield County Farmers
I would like to introduce the land owners of Garfield County to an option for noxious weed control, and that is the use of goats. We have a herd of goats available to do contract grazing, for a fee.
We provide the goats, electric perimeter, cross fence and a herder with the goats 24 hours per day. The grazing fee is based on availability of water, acreage to be grazed and the type of noxious weed.
I would like to thank the Garfield County Weed Board for allowing me to include this letter in their communication to you. It should be known that I have no affiliation with the Garfield County Weed Control Board, I only hope to offer a holistic option to vegetation control.
If you are interested in the use of goats for weed control, have any questions, or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Dave’s phone number is 509-843-9922 and my phone number is 509-843-7282.
Other Scientific Names:
Carduus pycnocephalus L. subsp. cinereus (M.Bieb.) P.H.Davis; Carduus arabicus Jacq. subsp. cinereus (M.Bieb.) Kazmi
Other Common Names: Spanish thistle
Weed class: A
Year Listed: 2021
Native to: Turkey and east to the Himalayas
Is this Weed Toxic?:
not known to be
Why Is It a Noxious Weed?
It has been noted to spread readily and be competitive in native rangelands in NE Oregon.
How would I identify it?
An annual thistle with winged stems that can grow up to 4 feet tall. The stem leaves attach directly to the stem. Its basal leaves are up to 4 inches long, and stem leaves reduce in size moving up the stem. The undersides of the leaves are tomentose (with woolly hairs) while the upper surfaces are loosely woolly. Flower heads are compressed, non-spherical, and single or in loose clusters. Each purplish flower head is typically on a short hairy stem or may be stemless.
Where does it grow?
So far, Turkish thistle is not known to occur in Washington but it is spreading close by in Oregon and Idaho and could readily invade here. Turkish thistle grows canyon grasslands, on dry rocky talus slopes, on southern aspects, as well as sites with deeper soils in more mesic sites.
How Do I Control It?
It is expected that control methods used on the other non-native Carduus species should be effective to manage and control Turkish thistle.
Currently Turkish thistle is not known to occur in Washington, contact your county noxious weed control board if you think you have Turkish thistle on your property.
For More Information
For full Article Click Here
See the Turkish thistle profile from the Oregon Department of Agriculture
See the Pest Risk Assessment for Turkish thistle from the Oregon Department of Agriculture
Be on the lookout for Turkish thistle – information and pictures from USGS
See the Draft Written Findings for Turkish thistle, Carduus cinereus