Weed Board Philosophy
establishment and spread of noxious weeds is
one of the most serious threats to our natural resources today. Our wildlife,
native vegetation, water quality, aesthetics, agricultural production, forest
production and recreation either have been or are at risk of being altered to
unacceptable levels due to the spread of noxious weeds.
The Stevens County Noxious Weed Control Board strives to
represent the interests of all landowners and land-users in Stevens County. We
are working to establish and maintain an integrated vegetation management
approach toward the control of noxious weeds within our boundaries. We value the
diversity of the land as well as the diversity of the people who choose to make
this county their home.
of the Stevens County Noxious Weed Control Board is to carry out the State
Noxious Weed Law
17.10) in a manner which assists the land managers and land users of
Stevens County be responsible stewards of the land and resources
by protecting and conserving our agricultural lands, recreational areas and
natural resources from the degrading impact of exotic, invasive noxious weeds.
While the responsibility
for controlling noxious weeds lies with each landowner, the Weed Board has the
responsibility of seeing that the control work is carried out. When a
noxious weed infestation needing to be controlled comes
to the attention of
the Weed Board we will notify the landowner and make every effort to provide
the information needed to manage the weed.
Unsatisfactory weed control, whether through
outright refusal to take care of the
problem, lack of response to our attempts at contact, or ineffectual control
efforts may result in our office initiating enforcement proceedings, pursuant to
17.10 We will never carry out weed control measures as
part of enforcement proceedings without making several written and verbal
attempts to contact a landowner.
Promoting Good Land
Owners must realize that simple removal of noxious weeds
without a plan for follow-up action is short sighted and
generally will not constitute weed control over the long term. In fact, the
simple removal of one weed species may create an ideal condition for another to
establish. The removal of noxious weeds is a necessary first step, but the
recommends the establishment of healthy stands of competitive vegetation by
re-seeding, fertilization and other general "best
practices" land management by all owners in Stevens County. Failure to follow an effective land
management program can leave soils exposed and ripe for re-infestation by
noxious weeds as well as soil erosion.
Local Land Management Agencies
In addition to the Stevens County Noxious Weed Control Board office, the
following local agencies are available to help you develop effective weed
control measures and a general land management program for your property:
WSU Stevens County Extension:
Debra Hansen, Director (509)
986 South Main, Suite D, Colville, WA 99114 FAX (509) 684-9790
Natural Resources Conservation Service:
Karla Ware, District Conservationist
232 Williams Lake Road, Colville, WA 99114 FAX (509) 684-1982
Farm Service Agency:
Lisa VanQuekelberg (509) 685-0858;
232 Williams Lake Road, Colville, WA 99114 FAX (509) 684-1982
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Services, Materials, &
Many materials and sources of valuable information are available, free of
charge, at the Stevens County Noxious Weed Control Board Office. We offer an
array of weed and plant identification books, pictures, slides and actual plant
samples for public use. Copies of the state weed
laws, industry studies, current research projects, news articles and periodicals
can be picked up or viewed at the office.
Our staff can visit your property,
or property you are thinking about purchasing, at your request to
help you identify weeds or do a general inspection to advise if you have any
weeds of concern. We can make noxious weed control recommendations based on
the use of your land, desired and existing vegetation, proximity to water
sources, and more. This inspection service is provided free of charge and on an
as-time-permits basis. Give us a call at 509.684.7590
(TTY: 800.833.6388) to set up an appointment.
We have some backpack
sprayers as well as a few larger (15, 25 & 100 gallon) units for rent.
We administer an Owner Will Maintain
program for landowners living along a county road and who wish to maintain
noxious weed control in their right-of-way frontage themselves rather than have
the Public Works Department do it. And, for certain noxious weeds of
limited distribution in the county, we have cost-share
In the interest of keeping up to date with the changes and progresses in
laws, products, management strategies and the like, the Board members,
Coordinator and staff maintain membership in industry related organizations.
strive to provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed, practical
and effective management decisions. If we donít have the answers or the
materials you need, we will do our best to get them for you or refer you to who
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Weed Assessment-FIRST Change Since 1995 (see below for important update)
On June 7, 1993, the Board of Commissioners of Stevens County conducted
a public hearing to consider proposed levels of assessment from the Weed
Board. After receiving public testimony and review of written materials
and proposals, the BOCC adjourned the meeting to June 13, 1994. Based on
the testimony and written materials presented at the continuation the
BOCC passed Resolution #100-1994, dated June 28, 1994 to levy a weed
assessment on all lands located within Stevens County. The rates set in
this resolution were in effect from Jan 1995-Dec 2008. On August
25, 2008, the BOCC passed
Resolution No. 65-2008
reflecting the first raise in the Assessment rate in 14 years, effective
Jan 2009 as follows:
improved, unimproved and open space
lands at $.13/acre for parcels in excess of 55 acres and a flat fee
of $7.15/parcel for all parcels 55 acres and less.
forest and timber lands at $.04/acre
for parcels in excess of 125 acres and a flat fee of $7.15/parcel for
parcels 125 acres and less.
lands within boundaries of any
incorporated town/city at $3/parcel.
We sincerely appreciate the support of
citizens and the Commissioners during the hearings held prior to approval of the
If you would like a copy of the full
resolution language, please contact the Weed Board.
As many of you know the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) suspended
the noxious weed assessment collections for the 2015 tax year.
This means no properties in the county are paying the assessment fees as
outlined above for one year. This does not mean that the
Weed Board is closed! We are continuing to do business as usual,
offering cost share programs, educational programs, sprayer loans,
inspections, on-site visits, weed identification, biocontrol releases,
notifying landowners with problem weeds and conducting enforcements when
reason the BOCC gave for suspending assessment collections for one year is that
they felt our Weed Board fund balance was too high. This is basically the
difference between what we collect in assessments each year and what we spend
each year. Our budget the past few years has been less than our
collections, leading to a fund balance that would help us continue to operate
for several years without the need to ask for an increase in the weed assessment
even though operating costs go up each year for our department just as they do
for each of us personally. In addition to the balance being too high in
the opinion of the BOCC, they feel the means of applying the assessment to
parcels in the county (the assessment categories) is unwieldy for the Assessor's
office who must develop the programming to separate the parcels into the various
categories. They asked that we try to simplify the categories and to
ensure that the assessment rates are fair for all.
What this means for our department is that our
2015 budget (expenditures) is all coming out of our savings and next year, there
will not be enough left in the balance to operate more than a month or two.
So we need to make the revisions to the weed assessment categories and set the
rates, subject to approval of the BOCC after public hearings, in the next few
months in order to resume weed assessment collections in 2016.
Please help keep us operating!
Come to the hearings that will be coming up (first one is June 29, 5 p.m. our
office) and offer your opinion of the new categories we will submit to the BOCC
as well as the rates suggested for each category. We sincerely feel we
offer services to landowners in this county that go well beyond the assessment
rates that have been implemented the past 20 years and are proud of the work we
do. Thank you for your support.
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The public is invited and encouraged to attend our
monthly board meetings and
our annual weed list hearing. This is your chance to offer suggestions for
changes to the county weed list. Unless noted otherwise, all meetings are
held in the conference room in our building, 230 Williams Lake Road,
2015 SCNWCB Board Meeting Schedule:
February 9, 11;30 a.m.
February 19, 8:00-4:30
Annual Meeting, Weed List
Hearing and Business Meeting
"Ambulance Shack"-next to Ronnie-D's Drive Inn, Main Street, Colville
March 9, 11:30 a.m.
April 13, 11:30 a.m.
May 11, 5 p.m.
June 8, 5 p.m.
JUNE 29, 5 P.M.
HEARING TO GATHER INFORMATION FOR RESTRUCTURING THE WEED ASSESSMENT
CATEGORIES ON PARCELS
July 8, 5 p.m.
August 10, 5 p.m.
September 14, 5 p.m.
October 12, 11:30 a.m.
November 9, 11:30 a.m.
December 14, 11:30 a.m.
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