Kelso State Noxious Weed Board meeting

State Weed Board Meeting
July 18, 8:30 a.m.
Cowlitz county Administration Building
207 4th Ave. N. room 300
Kelso, WA 98626

From State Weed Board draft minutes, May 15 2007. Sent to my attorney as a courtesy, and not to be considered final. Also states that all information contained is subject to change upon further review and approval by the State Weed Board.

The Pacific County Noxious Weed Control Board requests the following upgrade from Class B to Class A: Smooth Cordgrass(spartina alterniflora)

County Board Rational
Tremendous progress has been made, and think they can eradicate it successfully with the proposed change.

The Committee discussed:
* Distribution
*A desire to have Mary Toohey/AGR weigh in on the issue
* The probability that it can be eradicated this year or next.
*Definition of control which allows the mowing of seed heads but leaves plant parts
*Class A definition will force landowners to eradicate
*Use of public money to eradicate this weed.

Committee Consensus: The Committee leans toward upgrading Spartina alterniflora to a Class A, and they would like the opinion of WSDA before the July meeting.

Note from fritzi: In the Skagit Valley news article Kim Patton was quoted as saying that within 8 years Washington State would be spartina free. It should also be noted from the minutes that The Nature Conservancy was asking that Common cord grass,( spartina angelica) be upgraded from B to A. The Committee Consensus was that they would like to hear from Skagit, Island and Snohomish County coordinators about distribution.
Since Miranda Wecker has made it quite clear that pesticides are the only solution for eradication its quite likely that the pressure for pesticide application will be irresistable if angelica is upgraded to A. I think Alterniflora is already an A in those counties.

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