A more stringent compliance approach is needed to address out-of-control weeds that currently plague Baker County. In 2002, Baker County moved into a new different phase of noxious weed management. This new phase requires landowners and managers within the county to follow state laws regarding noxious weed control.
If you are currently working on your noxious weed problem, then you have nothing to worry about. Baker County Weed Control is targeting a very small segment of the population; those who "choose to do nothing" about their noxious weeds.
If folks choose to be non-compliant, the County Weed Supervisor reserves the right to treat the target weed. They will then be required to reimburse the county for all expenses incurred. If expenses are not paid, liens may be filed on the property for non-payment. In this process we will closely following Oregon noxious weed law, with a well defined and laid out process required before enforcement action is taken.
Only Baker County's "A" listed weeds will be given mandatory control status. These weeds have been chosen because they represent the highest economic and/or environmental risk to Baker County. They are:
Common Name/Taxonomic Name
Tansy Ragwort/Senecio Jacobaea L.
Musk Thistle/Carduus nutans L.
Leafy Spurge/Euphorbia esula L.
Rush Skeletonweed/Chondrilla juncea L.
Mediterranean Sage/Salvia aethiopis L.
Spotted Knapweed/Centaurea maculosa Lam.
Diffuse Knapweed/Centaurea diffusa Lam.
Yellow Starthistle/Centaurea solstitialis L.
Dalmation Toadflax/ Linaria genistifolia ssp.dalmatica L.
Dyers Woad/ Isatis Tinctoria L.
Common Bugloss/ Anchusa officinalis L.
Perennial Pepperweed/ Lepidium latifolium L.
Purple Loosestrife/ Lythrum salicaria L.
Black Henbane/ Hyoscyamus niger L.
Jointed Goatgrass/ Aegilops cylindrica Host
Buffalobur Solanum/ Rostratum Dun
50% cost-share dollars will still be offered to assist land managers in controlling "A" listed weeds. However, once enforcement procedures have been taken against the land manager(s), cost-share assistance can no longer be offered.
The Baker County Weed Department recognizes that a multi-year management strategy is necessary to control these noxious weeds. Economic constraints, reseeding failures, inconsistent chemical response and countless other challenges are part of the science of weed control. However, proper planning combined with a commitment to follow through on a strategy can achieve the results we all seek.
Compliance with the Baker County Policy can be achieved by submitting a Weed Management Plan. The two components required by a Weed Management Plan are:
1. A 5 year Planning Timeline and Map(s);
2. A commitment to follow through on the submitted plan.
The Baker County Weed Supervisor must approve individual Weed Management Plans. Plans will be evaluated by how well the plan reduces seed set on the target weed.
Remember, it is our policy to give the land manager every opportunity to come into compliance with state law before carrying out enforcement procedures. The county would like to emphasize the Weed Department's willingness to work with all participants to achieve countywide weed control success. If you are a landowner that is making an effort to control your weeds, do not be intimidated by this policy.
Contact our office (541-523-0618) if you have any questions. Formal action by the County can be avoided by simple cooperation. Be a good neighbor and take care of your weed problems.