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 We Can't Do It Alone

weed controllers

We need your help! Luckily, there are ways you can prevent the introduction and spread of noxious weeds.

  • Know the top ten weeds in Wallowa County and learn how to prevent their growth on your property
  • Wash your vehicles and equipment before venturing into new areas.
  • Become a Weed Bounty Hunter and report new weed sites.

What are weeds?

Invasive plants
(or weeds) are non-native aggressive plants that can significantly damage native ecosystems and/or cause economic losses.


Noxious weeds are a subset of invasive plants that are county, state, or federally listed as injurious to public health, agriculture, recreation, wildlife, and property.

 

 

Protect Your Property

  • Avoid planting weed species in your yard or garden. Even though many noxious weeds are available in nursuries and seed catalogs because they are quite attractive, choose non-invasive plants instead. 
  • Learn to identify and then remove noxious weeds from your landscape.
  • Plant native species in your landscape.
  • Watch for new weed populations, especially along roads and waterways and in disturbed bare soil.
  • Create a property weed management plan and discuss it with your neighbors. Ideally, coordinate your efforts with them. 
  • Use only guaranteed noxious weed free or sterilized bird seed and certified weed-free hay, straw, and mulch.
  • Minimize soil disturbance and reseed disturbed areas with native plants.
  • Inform your friends, neighbors, newspaper editors, and local and government officials about the importance of slowing the invasion of noxious weeds.

Stop the Spread of Noxious Weeds

Why are noxious weeds a problem?
• Invade crop and rangelands and reduce food for livestock
• Increase soil erosion
• Rob native plants of water, nutrition, and light
• Reduce wildlife habitat
• Potentially toxic to animals and humans
• Cost Oregon citizens $100 million per year

Clean your gear and equipment
Many noxious weeds are unknowingly spread by contaminated equipment, gear and recreational vehicles. Weed seeds can get lodged in skid plates on the underside of vehicles and remain even after a pressure wash. Clean and inspect your equipment, vehicles, and gear after each use to ensure no "hitchhikers" travel with you to your next adventure. 

Clean your clothing, pets, and livestock
Enter public trails with clean shoes and clothing. Simply brushing animals, boots and clothing before leaving sites will help prevent the spread of noxious weeds to other areas.

Use Weed Free Forage
Use only pelletized or certified weed-free hay and livestock feed prior to and during your trip.

Become a Weed Bounty Hunter: It Pays to Know Your Weeds!

Weed Bounty Hunters help the Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership by reporting weed sites and can win money in the process. Reporting a new weed site can earn you $200! To qualify, you must know or be willing to learn the top ten noxious weeds threatening Wallowa County and follow the rules and instructions. To become a Weed Bounty Hunter, contact us.

Wallowa County Weed Plan

"The Wallowa County Integrated Weed Management Plan (IWMP) is a written strategy to inform and guide weed management activities for the Wallowa County Weed Control District."

View the Wallowa County PDF Weeds Plan Here

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