Weeds

Noxious Weed Control Program

Weed control is critical part of responsible land ownership.  Early detection and rapid response is necessary to head off newly invading noxious weeds before they are able to establish and spread.  It is also part of being a good neighbor, seeing as noxious weeds pose a threat to agriculture, recreation and overall environmental health.  If allowed to go unchecked, weeds will to take hold and are certain to spread to nearby properties spreading the headache to your neighbor.

The District is a county weed district and has the role of the county weed inspector.  This means that when designated “A” and “B” weeds are left uncontrolled the District has the authority to contact the property owner in order to urge the landowner to take efforts to control weeds on their property.  This process is triggered by complaints filed by residents.  After a complaint has been made through the district office the landowner will be notified either by mail or phone.  “A” listed weeds are the newest invaders and require action from the landowner by law.  “B” weeds are considered relatively widespread and have no legal repercussions for not taking action to control them; however every reasonable effort will be made to persuade the landowner to take responsible action to get their weed problem under control.

The hyperlinks below is the 2013-2014 Noxious Weed list for Yamhill County and the minutes from the committee meeting

Yamhill County Noxious Weed List 13-14

Noxious Weed Committee Report and List 2013

The District focuses its weed work with landowners to help to control the weeds on our “A” list.  Currently, The District is working on controlling emergent weed problems such as Japanese Knotweed and Spurge Laurel.  Grant funding is limited for weed control, but if available we will work with landowners to cost share their control efforts in order avoid wide spread establishment.   The district does not have the resources available to focus on actively controlling common problem weeds, but staff are available to answer questions and provide landowners with information that will maximize your success in controlling noxious weeds.

Please reference the links below for information on common problem weeds:
Managing Bindweed

Managing Blackberries

Managing Canadian Thistle

Managing English Ivy

Managing Japanese Knotweed

Managing Meadow Knapweed

Managing Purple Loosestrife

Managing Reed Canary Grass

Managing Scotch Broom

Managing Tansy Ragwort

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