King County Noxious Weed Control Board meets Jan. 26, seeks public input to set annual noxious weed


The King County Noxious Weed Control Board is expected to adopt the 2022 noxious weed list at a public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 26, setting the priority level of noxious weeds in the county to protect people and the environment from these harmful plants.


The King County Noxious Weed Control Board has scheduled an online public hearing on the King County Noxious Weed List on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., to review changes in the state list, conduct a public hearing, and adopt the list for 2022.


The noxious weed list reflects both the requirements of state law to regulate certain species with statewide or regional importance, and the priorities of King County to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the people, economy, and environment.


The King County Noxious Weed Control Board administers the noxious weed program throughout the county, according to the requirements of the Washington State Noxious Weed Law. The board encourages public comment and input to help set the priorities of the noxious weed program each year. Comments can be made at the public hearing or submitted ahead to noxious.weeds@kingcounty.gov by 4 p.m. on Jan. 25. Event registration and details: eventbrite.com/e/king-county-noxious-weed-list-public-hearing-and-weed-control-board-meeting-tickets-230537432667.

For information about the Washington State Noxious Weed List changes or the King County Noxious Weed List, please contact noxious.weeds@kingcounty.gov, or visit kingcounty.gov/weeds. There are over 90 species of noxious weeds that state law requires property owners and public agencies to control on their properties in King County, 55 of which have been found growing in the county. Regulated species are mostly those found in only a few locations where there is still a chance of eradication, or those with serious potential impacts on people, farms, or the environment. For the widespread noxious weeds, the county focuses on education and providing technical assistance. Noxious weed sightings can be reported to King County online. Knowing which plants are the worst and how to control them is the specialty of King County’s noxious weed program personnel, and they are ready to teach anyone who wants to know more. And if people can’t control their noxious weeds themselves but want to do the right thing, the noxious weed program will find a way to help them. County residents can learn about noxious weeds by taking a free class on noxious weeds, visiting the program’s website and noxious weeds blog. The noxious weed program also offers vouchers for free disposal of regulated noxious weeds at county transfer stations. Learn more about the King County Noxious Weed Control Program by calling 206-477-9333 or by contacting Steve Burke, program manager for the noxious weed program, 206-477-4639, or Steven-J.Burke@kingcounty.gov.

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