We need your help! Luckily, there are ways you can prevent the introduction and spread of noxious weeds.
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.
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 equipmentMany 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 livestockEnter 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 ForageUse only pelletized or certified weed-free hay and livestock feed prior to and during your trip.
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.
"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