Noxious Weed Control
Klamath County Weed Control is dedicated to protecting public and private lands, agriculture, forestry, human health and wildlife from the negative impacts of Noxious Weeds.
ORS 569.355 State and counties to control noxious weeds. The state and the respective counties shall control any weeds designated as noxious by the state or the respective counties in any such county on land under their respective ownership’s. Weed Control performs the County’s required duties under ORS 569.355.
Self Mandated Services:
Chapter 569 of the Oregon Revised Statutes outlines the actions a County may take to control or otherwise prevent Noxious Weeds.
The County Commissioners have declared all lands within Klamath County a Weed Control District and have declared a list of Noxious Weeds within the County (Order No. 2021-037). They have also appointed a County Weed Supervisor to conduct the duties outlined in ORS 569.370 & County Code 401.510.
Klamath County Weed Control, through the duties of the Weed Control & Vegetation Supervisor and his employees, provides the following services to Klamath County:
1) Find noxious weeds growing on land within the County
2) Serves notices to control noxious weeds
3) Issues citations for violations of County Code
4) Controls or otherwise destroys noxious weeds on land within the Weed Control District.
Successes and Challenges:
Weed Control remains entirely independent of the County General Fund. Weed Control has worked hard to provide quality service to our customers and has substantially reduced noxious weed infestations. In the past six years we have discovered and worked to control seven new weeds that were not previously known to exist in the County, and one of these was not previously known to exist in the State. Still, we are faced with an ever present threat of new invaders that have the potential to cause severe negative economic and biological impacts on our County. Keeping our applicators employed is another challenge we face. We only offer seasonal work and few people are initially attracted to or then able to remain in a seasonal employment situation.