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Phone: 541-523-0618

Mail your inquiries to
Baker County Weed District
1995 3rd Street
Baker City, OR 97814

Baker County Weed District Mission Statement

The goal of this program is to implement County and State noxious weed ordinances. We will accomplish this by achieving the most effective Vegetation Management Program for the preservation of Baker County's valuable property by utilizing Education, Mechanical control, Biological control, Cultural control, and Chemical control for the betterment of Baker County and its neighbors. The effectiveness of this program is due to the authority and cooperation of the Baker County Citizens, Baker County Commissioners, and the Baker County Weed Board.

What is Baker County Weed District?

Baker County Weed District is a County organized and functioning department under the leadership of the Baker County Commission. The function of the District is to work with land owners, land stewards, land managers, and other interested parties in the reduction of the impact that invasive weeds have upon the landscape.

Oregon State Legislation, through the Oregon State Weed Board and Oregon Department of Agriculture, regulates these special "Weeds" or plants that are out-of-place that cause particular issues. These legislative weeds that fall under regulator are known as NOXIOUS WEEDS.

All Noxious Weeds are Invasive, but not All Invasive Weeds are Noxious

Both the Oregon Department of Agriculture and each set of County Commissioners can list plants as NOXIOUS, thus regulatory.

Once listed as Noxious, then the State or County has the ability to mandate the control of the plant with the intent to eradicate the plant from the site or sites.

Why should the State and County be able to FORCE a land owner to control their plants on their personal property?

What you do to your property is your business, but when those activities - Weeds - spread to adjacent lands and effecting their way of life, livestock, waterways, etc, then someone needs to intervene.

99% of the time when a land owner is contacted by the County Weed Office they are more than willing to do something. What if the Land owner does not respond to the offer of help from the County Weed Office?

What if the Land owner does not respond to the offer of help from the County Weed Office?

The County Weed District must notify the landowner of their violation of the Weed Law. This is either done with Baker County Sheriff Deputy serving the notice or by a Certified Letter. Normally the landowner will receive a Certified Letter of Non-Compliance. The landowner then has 10 days to remediate the issue.

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Jeffrey Pettingill
jpettingill@bakercounty.org
Baker County Weed District
1995 3rd Street
Baker City, OR 97814
Phone: (541) 523-0618
Fax: (541) 524-7666