A Community Effort to Control Noxious Weeds
Springtime in Weber County is one of the most beautiful times of the year as our vegetation and foliage start to come back from dormancy. With this also comes the sprouting of noxious weeds that can be bothersome to property owners. A noxious weed is a plant designated by law as undesirable and requiring control.
Invasive noxious weeds can, in fact, cause extreme economic losses. Weeds often reduce crop yields, increase soil erosion, damage watersheds, and affect outdoor recreation. The United States exceeds $20 billion annually in losses to weeds with millions of acres said to be invaded or at-risk, including cropland, pastures, wetlands, and residents’ yards and gardens.
Weber County has several noxious weeds present in this area, such as Dyer’s woad, purple loosestrife, bermudagrass, puncture vine, knapweeds, and many more. We are taking action for the continued protection of our community farmland, pastures, and personal properties.
A partnership has been developed with Weber County, the conservation district, USU, and local farmers in an effort to help control this issue. We now have the ability to educate people and deal with weeds in a way we haven’t had before. We have created a Weedboard website that has multiple resources to assist in this effort. There, you will find education on noxious weeds in our area, how to identify them, the proper way to control each individual species, and how to report them.
Please visit www.WeberWeedBoard.com for more education on noxious weed awareness and how you can help Weber County take action in controlling them.