Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed May 15-21, 2022, to be “Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week” and the Oregon Department of Agriculture wants to partner with Oregonians to spread the word, not the weeds.
This week the ODA is focusing on why all Oregonians should do their part in preventing and controlling invasive noxious weeds for the protection of Oregon’s natural resources and agricultural economy.
Invasive noxious weeds are plant species that make, or have the potential to make, signifiant adverse impacts to Oregon’s natural resources and economy. For example, just 25 state-listed noxious weeds are costing Oregonians $83.5 million annually and, if left to spread could cost an estimated $1.8 billion in economic impact. This highlights the importance and value of active invasive weed prevention and control programs at the federal, state, county and local levels for protection of our economy and natural resources from noxious weeds.
Go online for a list of invasive weeds and what they look like.