A. General Philosophy
The Franklin County Noxious Weed Control Board (FCNWCB) shall promote weed control by personal contact with landowners and through appropriate public media. The FCNWCB has elected to emphasize an educational control program that will assist landowners in weed identification and proper control with emphasis placed on weeds on the control list. The FCNWCB will provide a trained field staff to assist the landowners. The field staff are regulatory inspectors and if needed will require control of weeds on the weed control list. The FCNWCB will promote weed control through public seminars, newsletters, displays, and regular board meetings. Landowners are responsible for controlling noxious weeds on their property and the spread to other areas.
B. Course of Action
1) The FCNWCB will employ a Weed Control Coordinator, and a field staff. The Coordinator and field staff should have both educational background in, and hands on experience with weeds. The staff should be familiar with both chemical and cultural weed control practices. They should also be familiar with agricultural chemicals, their application, and have the appropriate pesticide licenses. The staff must work well with the public and use a diplomatic approach. Wage and benefits will be commensurate with experience and comparable to other similar positions. Office and telephone access as well as Weed Board vehicles will be provided.
2) It is the policy of the FCNWCB to work closely with all public agencies, municipalities, and landowners to control their noxious weeds by whatever means they have at their disposal. The FCNWCB believes that the most effective spirit with which to approach weed control is one of cooperation. The spread of weeds causes economic losses for the entire community and creates a hardship on the producer. Stopping propagation and spread of noxious weeds is the goal of the FCNWCB. Reasonable alternatives will be pursued on a given case before enforcement proceedings are taken.
If the property owner does not take actions to control the noxious weeds in accordance with Chapter 17.10, Revised Code of Washington (RCW), the FCNWCB shall cause their being controlled at the expense of the landowner as per RCW 17.10.170. Charges for the regulatory work shall be incurred on the basis of a cost of application plus labor and material. The amount of such expense shall constitute a lien against the property after a hearing has been held on such expense and approved by the FCNWCB.
For those who have a severe infestation, an approved, reasonable, continuous effort will be considered in compliance with our goals. The Weed Board staff will be available to assist in formulating an approved control plan. A strong emphasis will be made to prevent new weeds from establishing. It will take help from everyone in locating and reporting noxious weed infestations to the FCNWCB. We intend to reserve our cost share dollars, should they become available, to target and eliminate these new invaders.
The FCNWCB recognizes that situations may arise where the Coordinator or staff may, in the pursuance of their duties, find it necessary to enter private property. The FCNWCB or duly authorized personnel has the authority to enter all property for the purposes of enforcing the weed laws of the State of Washington under RCW 17.10.160. Reasonable efforts will be made to gain the landowner’s permission and cooperation before doing so.
3) The FCNWCB has designated three separate classes of land: Irrigated farmland; dryland farm land; and range which will include rights-of-way and other undeveloped land. Each classification will be assessed separately, and will be treated as having its own problems and economics.
4) The FCNWCB will address specific complaints on a case by case basis. These complaints will be addressed at regularly scheduled Board Meetings. The Board will have regular meetings the third Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. October through February and 7:00 p.m. March through September. If the meeting falls on a holiday, it will be held the following Tuesday. Meetings shall be open to the public and held in the Board Room of the Franklin County Noxious Weed Control Board Building located at 502 Boeing Street, Pasco, Washington.
5) The FCNWCB will hold a public hearing and solicit public input in regard to the formation of a noxious weed list for control within Franklin County. The following Noxious Weeds have been selected from the State Noxious Weed List for control within the county.