Conservation Connection Newsletter
Welcome to WICD's bimonthly newsletter. Each new issue will be posted here for you to view. Previous issues will be maintained in the Archives below. We hope you enjoy reading about projects and events, as well as other news about the Whidbey Island Conservation District and we encourage you to subscribe to receive the newsletter and other resources sent directly to you by email.
Current Issue: January 2018
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Seasonal Weed Bulletin
Welcome to the seasonal Whidbey Island Weed Bulletin. Each new issue will be posted here for you to view, and an archive will be maintained below. We encourage you to subscribe to receive the Weed Bulletin and other resources sent directly to you by email.
Created in 2013, the Weed Bulletin has grown to include now a quarterly (4X per year) publication available to all island residents, developed in partnership between WICD and WSU Extension Island County Noxious Weed Program.The seasonal focus of the bulletin is intended to help highlight the most important noxious weeds for landowners to look out for that season.
Current Issue: Weeds of Winter 2017/18
Weed Bulletin Archive
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Island County Noxious Weeds
Noxious Weeds Resource Packet
Noxious weeds are non-native plants that, once established, are highly destructive, competitive and difficult to control. They have economic and ecological impacts and are very difficult to manage once they get established. Some are toxic or a public health threat to humans and animals, others destroy native and beneficial plant communities. To help protect the state's resources and environment, the Washington State Noxious Weed Board adopts a state weed list each year (Chapter 16-750 WAC), in accordance with the state noxious weed law (Chapter 17.10 RCW). Noxious weeds are separated into classes A, B, and C based on distribution, abundance, and level of threat (how dangerous the plants is to humans, animals, private and public lands, and native habitats). The goal of the state weed law is to prevent the spread of new and recently introduced weeds while it is still feasible to do so. Class A weeds are the most limited in distribution and therefore the highest priority for control. Class B and C weeds vary in priority based on local distribution and impacts. Not all weeds are classified as noxious weeds in Washington State and only species that are not native to the state are considered for noxious weed listing. The Island County Noxious Weed Control Board is appointed by the Board of Island County Commissioners to carry out the mandates of the Washington State noxious weed control law, Chapter 17.10 RCW. The board members are volunteers who reside in Island County and who have an interest in and knowledge about agriculture and/or the natural resources of the county. Each board member represents one of five Island County weed districts.
Each year, the Board adopts the Island County Noxious Weed List, which specifies which noxious weeds property owners are required to control in the county. The county weed list includes all Class A weeds on the state noxious weed list, all Class B weeds designated by the state for control in the county, and any additional Class B or C weeds that are designated by the county weed board for required control in the county. All Class A, B and C weeds on the county weed list need to be controlled by the property owner.
Property owners are required to control Class A weeds and any Class B or C weeds that are designated by the state or selected by the county weed board for control in their area. "Control" as defined in WAC 16-750 means to prevent the dispersal of all propagating parts capable of forming a new plant. Class A weeds need to be eradicated or removed entirely and Class B and C weeds designated or selected for an area need to be controlled to prevent their spread.
Make a difference column
Make a Difference Column
Welcome to the monthly "Make a Difference" column. Each new issue will be posted here for you to view, and an archive will be maintained below. Check WICD out in Whidbey Weekly once per month for resource conservation tips and programs available to you.
Make a Difference Column Archive
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Earlier articles by WICD staff