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Clallam County Integrated Weed Management: Roads Department

 

Spotted knapweed on roadside DRAFT2018RoadsDepartmentIWM

The Clallam County Integrated Weed Management Plan (IWM) was created to help the County efficiently comply with its noxious weed control obligations. The goal of this program is to shift roadside vegetation to natural, site appropriate plant communities. To accomplish the stated goal and be a responsible steward of county owned land, the County must ensure noxious and invasive weeds are effectively and efficiently controlled. The goal is implemented by reducing existing weed populations and preventing the establishment of new ones across the county. Invasive and noxious weeds negatively impact agricultural and forestry production, property value, as well as water flow and availability.

Integrated Weed Management is a coordinated decision making process that uses the most appropriate weed management methods and strategies, along with a monitoring and evaluation system, to achieve roadside maintenance goals and objectives in an environmentally and economically sound manner. An IWM plan is necessary to comply with state laws regarding noxious weeds, and to keep County owned lands from being sources of noxious weed seeds for other private and public properties throughout Clallam County. The IWM plan covers not only county roadsides, but also rock sources and other Road Department administered lands.

The IWM Plan is intended to be revised annually in response to changing conditions and new technology. The DRAFT 2018 IWM plan is currently under review by the Clallam County Noxious Weed Board and the DRAFT version is available to the public here.

Specific weed control requests may be submitted using the link at the bottom of this page.

Clallam County Ordinance 923, authorizing the use of an integrated weed management approach for noxious weeds and other plants of special concern on county managed lands, can be found here.

Clallam County Road Department IWM Annual Reports

A copy of the Clallam County Road Department IWM - 2017 Annual Report can be found here.

Roadsides and Other Sites Targeted for Herbicide Application in 2017

As part of the Road Department Integrated Weed Management Plan, each year a list of sites is compiled for potential herbicide applications.  Many of the sites initially targeted are those with weed infestations that are especially difficult to control through manual means.  In addition, a number of sites are those that were requested for control by Clallam County residents or organizations.  Together, targeted sites include roadsides, rock sources, and sites under Road Department responsibility.

A list of sites for herbicide application and 2017 treatment dates can be found here.

A 2018 list will be made available here once the 2018 IWM Plan is officially adopted by the Noxious Weed Control Board.

Owner Will Control Option

Property owners have the option to manually control noxious weeds on the right-of-way directly adjacent to their property by entering into an Owner Will Control Agreement with the County.  By entering into an Owner Will Control Agreement with the County, property owners agree to remove all above ground biomass and as much of the below ground parts of prohibited noxious weeds as possible. 

When entering into an Owner Will Control agreement, property owners assume the County’s responsibility under state laws RCW 17.10 and WAC 16-750 to control noxious weeds, which requires timely and often repeated control efforts during the growing season. The landowner would also assume any additional weed control responsibilities resulting from County policy. 

Property owners participating in control agreements may also be interested in assisting with cultural control enhancements consistent with long-term roadside weed control goals.  Such opportunities will be pursued as program resources and voluntary participation allow.

Owner Will Control Agreement applications can be found here.

Agreements must be signed and dated and returned to the Noxious Weed Control Board.  Signed agreements will then be signed by Weed Board staff and returned, which will serve as confirmation that the agreement is in place.  Please return signed agreements to:

(OR)

Clallam County Noxious Weed Control Board

Attn: Roadside Coordinator

223 E 4th St. Suite 15

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Adopt-A-Patch

Residents interested in helping the County with manual control of noxious weeds may “Adopt-A-Patch” from the list of approved locations found here.

To adopt a patch download and submit a permit application here. Applicants must be aware of all conditions and addendums included in Adopt-A-Patch Permit. Completed applications may be mailed, faxed or submitted in person. All fees normally associated with this permit have been waived.

In adherence to conditions of the permit applicants must be sure to complete and submit the following ActivityReport and any associated WaiverForm. All necessary paperwork must be completed and available on-site prior to begining any control work.

A limited supply of control tools and safety equipment is available to permit holders at the WSU Extension Office on a first come first serve basis.

Forms may be submitted in person to WSU Extension Office located on the first floor of the Old Clallam County Courthouse at 223 E 4th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362 or faxed to (360)417-2414. To submit by mail, pleae send to:

Clallam County Noxious Weed Control Board

Attn: Adopt-A-Patch

223 E 4th St. Suite 15

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Public Request

Have an area that you would like to see control measures carried out? County residents can submit requests for control measures to be performed by County staff. Every effort will be made to address requests made prior to the treatment season; additional requests will be addressed as time and resources allow or prepared for incorporation into the following year's plan.

 

 

 

 

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