A state law passed in 1969 mandated that all counties in Washington have a program to combat noxious weeds. The Spokane County Noxious Weed Control Board was established in 1970 and consists of five citizen volunteers who represent five districts that cover the entire county. The Boards meets monthly and provides vision and direction to the weed control program.
Spokane County's Noxious Weed Control Program focuses on education, notification, technical assistance and control of noxious weeds through voluntary compliance and enforcement. During the months of April through August, when the weeds are actively growing, the Weed Board employs a field staff with natural resource, horticulture and agriculture backgrounds to survey public and privately owned lands for noxious weeds and to work with landowners to achieve weed control.
Approximately 25% of the inspections come from citizens who report noxious weed locations to our office, the remainder are inspections made by the field staff as they travel the county.