Weeds are more than just a nuisance. Weeds that have been introduced to Central Washington in the past have totally changed the landscape and natural ecosystem. Noxious weeds are spreading at an alarming rate and seriously threatening rangelands, forests, wetlands, and croplands. Weeds displace native plants, reduce habitat for native animals, and threaten the diversity of wildlands. They spoil pastures and rangelands, alter soil fertility, dry up water supplies, poison animals, decrease agricultural production, clog rivers, and reduce the recreational value of wildlands.
Invasive species typically grow quickly and die during the hottest part of the summer. Dry weeds burn at high temperatures and wind can quickly spread a brush fire around your home. Sparks from cars, tools, cigarettes, or lightning can quickly lead to devastating fires. Establishing a weed-free buffer around your home reduces fire danger.
What Is A Noxious Weed?
Noxious weeds are nonnative plants that have been introduced to Washington through human actions. Because of their aggressive growth and lack of natural enemies in North America, these species are highly destructive, competitive, and difficult to control. "Noxious" is a legal designation, determined by
a weed's potential threat ecologically, socially or economically. Landowners are legally required to control noxious weeds on their land and to prevent seed formation and infestation of adjacent lands.
For information on identifying noxious weeds and controlling them on your property, visit the Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board website or call 509-667-6550