11834 Tilley Rd. S.
Olympia, WA 98512
Donavan Willcutt, Department Director and liaison to the Board of County Commissioners
Thurston County Noxious Weed Control Board Members:
Gene Little, Chair
Martin Casey, Vice Chair
Lucas Patzek, Director WSU Thurston County Extension
Noxious Weed Control Staff
Rick Johnson, Coordinator
Mary Jo Seery, Lead Weed Technician
Dan Reynoldson, Weed Technician
Angela Celestine, Office Assistant
|URGENT - ESCAPED!|
as “Pampas grass”, has been a widely planted favorite in the
Northwest for many years. Native to Brazil , Argentina and
Chile, established plants are a common sight in neighborhood
landscapes, its feathery, distinctive plumes reaching up to 20
feet in height. Until recent years Pampas grass seemed to be
well-behaved in the Northwest, as they were almost exclusively
female plants, grown from root divisions for their superior
ornamental qualities. Now there are both male and female plants
sold. Seed packets have been found offered for sale at local
garden retail outlets. Both Pampas grass and Jubata grass have escaped and
infested large areas in some places in the United States,
particularly California, smothering native plants and creating
serious fire hazards due to the large amount of dead, dry
material that is produced by plants every year.
On October 9, 2013 an escaped population of Pampas grass was discovered off West Bay Drive located on private property.With permission from the property owner, photos above were taken at this site. With the use of a Trimble GPS unit we logged 484 escaped plants on this property. Many seedlings as well as first year plants were found. Some young plants had plumes only 3’ high. Pampas grass is proposed to be added to the 2015 State Noxious Weed Control list. For more information and control options, please click here.
Our mission is to protect the citizens, the natural resources, and the agricultural resources of the County from the degrading impact of invasive, noxious weeds.
Noxious weeds threaten public health, the environment, wildlife habitat, native plants, agriculture areas, and recreational areas.
Thurston County Noxious Weed Control is monitoring for 40 species of noxious weeds which are targeted for control out of a list of 86 designated by the State of Washington. The remaining 46 species have not yet been found in Thurston County, but are targeted annually through early detection surveys. All species of noxious weeds are non-native.
A risk assessment is used in prioritizing the weed list. To view our rationale, go to the Risk Assessment Chart. To see photographs of those species designated for control in Thurston County, go to the Noxious Weed List.
Agency staff are surveying for the remaining 46 species not yet known to exist in Thurston County. This preventative effort to find species while they are limited, prevents them from becoming widespread. Prevention is the most effective control strategy.
In addition to the species listed on the County noxious weed list, there are weeds of special concern because of their aggressive and invasive natures. These include:
Evergreen blackberry (Rubus laciniatus), Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), Policeman’s Helmet (Impatiens glandulifera), Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus), and the invasive cultivars of English Ivy: Hibernica” (Hedera hibernica), “Baltica” (Hedera helix), “Pittsburg” (Hedera helix) and “Star” (Hedera helix).
Thurston County Noxious Weeds Map
Click the image above to go to the Noxious Weeds Map on the Thurston County Geodata web site. Use this map to see which known noxious weed species are in your neighborhood. Here's how:
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