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Weed Program

Jim Campbell,  Weed Control Supervisor
450 N Buena Vista Ave.
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: (541) 573-8385
Fax: (541) 573-2781
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City Wide Weed Wipe-Out

The Harney County CWMA is sponsoring the City Wide Weed Wipe-out. We are now accepting Cooperative Agreements for anyone interested in having their property treated by a licensed applicator. Anyone who owns a lot in or around Burns and HInes is eligible for this program. The licensed applicator will be using a chemical that treats a large range of broad leaf weeds and is labeled for turf and ornamental use. To participate in this project you will need to sign and return a Cooperative Agreement before June 7th. Contact the Harney County Weed Control office for more information @ 541-573-8385. For the Cooperative Agreement application follow this link.

Past Projects

  • Harney Basin African Rue Project
    • this is a project that the county has managed for the past 3 years.
    • African Rue is only locted in 2 counties within Oregon so it is very important that we control this noxious weed.
  • NRCS EQUIP Medusahead Rye Project
    • This is a project that has been going on for over 3 years now
    • The focus areas have been, Drewsey, Crane, Buchanan, and the North Steens Mountain.
    • Medusahead Rye is the largest noxious weed issue in Harney County
    • Medusahead has proven to be very tough to control and spreads very easily.

Current Projects

  • Harney Basin African Rue Project
    • The Oregon Weed Board has funded another year of control on this project
    • African Rue is very hardy and is responding to pesticide treatments, but a more integrated approach may be necessary to wipe it out.
  • Southern Alvord Basin Noxious Weed Project
    • This is an Oregon Weed Board funded project that is focused on Russian Knapweed and Perennial Pepperweed located at the "South End".
    • The main focus areas are four major drainage's, two off the Trout Creek Mountains and two off the Pueblo Mountains.
    • There are 7 major private landowners cooperating on this project as well as the BLM, ODA and the County.
  • Otis Valley Noxious Weed Project
    • This is an Oregon Weed Board funded project that is focused on Perennial Pepperweed and Knapweed located in the Otis Valley out near Drewsey
    • The main focus area area of this project is Otis Valley out to the Middle Fork of the Malheur River.
    • There are 8 major private landowners cooperating on this project as well as the BLM, Harney County, and the ODF&W is coordinating their Malheur River project with this one.
  • Riley Area Noxious Weed Inventory
    • This project is an S&P funded project that is focused on attaining a comprehensive inventory of the noxious weeds in the Riley area.
    • The CWMA will use this information to draft future ODA and OWEB projects in this area using the information we attain from this inventory.
    • This project will tie in with a Medusahead project the CWMA is trying to put together in the Riley area.    

Future Projects

  • County Wide Medusahead Control Project
    • Again, the NRCS is be heavily involved with this project as it moves forward throughout the county.
    • The Burns BLM is working to get the pesticide injunction lifted in Oregon so it can assist the private landowners in their control efforts.
    • This will be the largest and most expensive noxious weed control effort ever undertaken in Harney County.
  • The Harney County CWMA is working on an extensive OWEB Restoration Project
    • This OWEB project will include everything from noxious weed inventories to pesticide treatments and including reseeding and possible fencing, grazing control, projects.
    • The CWMA will use the County Weed Board Zoning map to identify the high high target areas within the county and prioritize these targets.

Weeds-Cooperative Weed Management Area

Steph Bonson,  Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) Coordinator
450 N Buena Vista Ave. #10
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: (541) 573-8397
Fax: (541) 573-2781
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The next Harney County CWMA Meeting will be held July 18, 2017, at 10:00 AM in the basement meeting room of the Harney County Courthouse. Please follow this link to view the meeting agenda.

Harney County Weed Partnership

Harney County Weed Management Partnership is a unique collaboration between government agencies, municipalities, resource management groups and local citizens. The Partnership allows a more focused united front against invasive noxious weeds in the Harney County area.

In addition to individual agency weed control programs and educational efforts, the Partnership applies for grants based on cooperative noxious weed control projects in Harney County. Often multi-agency efforts are focused to complete the most effective and efficient battle against weeds.

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Partnership Members

Harney County, Harney County Weed Board, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management Burns District, United States Forest Service Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Harney County Soil & Water District, Oregon Department of Transportation District 14, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, USFWS Malheur Wildllife Refuge, Harney County Watershed Council, Cities of Burns and Hines, Piuate Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs, OSU/ARS-Eastern Oregon Research Station, OSU Burns Extension Office, and Division of State Lands.

This collaborative group is referred to as the Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Area Partnership (CWMA).  The group generally meets every other month on the third Thursday at 1PM in the Basement Meeting Room of the Harney County Court House.

For more information contact:

Steph Bonson,  Weed Control Supervisor & Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator
450 N Buena Vista Ave. #10
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: (541) 573-8397
Fax: (541) 573-2781
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Resources

CWMA Memorandum of Agreement Documents:

CWMA Meeting Minutes

CWMA Project Area Grants

Jim Campbell,  Weed Control Supervisor
450 N Buena Vista Ave.
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: (541) 573-8385
Fax: (541) 573-2781
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Noxious Weeds: For purposes of this ordinance, weeds shall be declared noxious by their inclusion on a list adopted by resolution of the County Court, upon the recommendation of the Board.  A weed may be added to or deleted from the list of noxious weeds by resolution of the County Court.    Noxious weeds shall be designated and control prioritized into A, B and C groups.  Priorities may be adjusted within the County at the discretion of the Board with permission of the County Court.  (ORS 570.525) Follow the link below to view the full text of Harney County's Weed Ordinance.

Forms & Applications

Jim Campbell,  Weed Control Supervisor
450 N Buena Vista Ave. #10
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: (541) 573-8385
Fax: (541) 573-2781
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Important Documents

Noxious Weed Cost Share Program

The purpose of this program is to assist the landowners of Harney County in controlling noxious weeds on private lands.

Harney County has a very successful noxious weed control cost share program. Funded through Harney County, and various grants, the program is able to significantly help landowners in the control of Class A or B weeds on private land.

Applicants submit a project plan to the Harney County Weed Board. The weed(s) must be listed as an "A" or "B" rated weed on the County Noxious Weed Listunless otherwise approved by the Board. Applications are reviewed, prioritized and awarded by the Board. The cost share rate is dependent on the amount of funds that are available and are on a first come first serve basis. Reimbursement will be made to the applicant after receipts have been received and verified at the Harney County Weed Control office.

Only the cost of herbicides will be cost shared. Application costs are not eligible for cost share under this program. The applicant is responsible for the purchase of the chemicals and for assuring that the manufacturer's label instructions for application, application rates and disposal directions are followed. Access must be given to the Harney County Weed Board or their designated representative for project evaluation and monitoring, with prior approval from the applicant.

Weed Program

Jim Campbell,  Weed Control Supervisor
450 N Buena Vista Ave. #10
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: (541) 573-8385
Fax: (541) 573-2781
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to the Harney County Weed Board and Weed Partnership Web site!

The Harney County Weed Control office is located in the basement of the Harney County Court House.   Harney County has been a weed control district as per Oregon Statute since 1969.  Harney County has an active Weed Board that is made up of private landowners.  The members of the board are appointed by the County Court and make recommendations concerning noxious weed issues to County Court.  The board meets 4 times a year on the first Tuesday of each quarter at 1 pm in the basement of the Harney County Court House. Harney County Weed Board Members

In 1989 the County Weed Ordinance was established and 2008.  The Weed Control Ordinance is relatively new and now is an active and enforceable ordinance. 

The County Weed Control program offers education/awareness, cost share assistance, and implements integrated vegetation management on over 600 miles of paved roads and approximately 900 + miles of gravel roads, Material Site Inspections & Certification, and No Spray Permits.   Education and awareness events include agency trainings, in the class room presentations, nights at the library, recertification trainings, and displays across the county at various events.  We also have a traveling Weed Wagon that is always ready for a road trip.

No Spray Permits are available free of charge.  The permits are utilized most by organic operations.  The purpose of the permit is to ask the County Weed Control program not to treat county right of ways with herbicides.  If approved the County Weed Control department agrees not to spray herbicides as long as the permittee maintains the right of way in accordance with the program guidelines.   Applications are available in the Weed Control Departments Office.

Material site inspections & Certifications are offered at any time.  Site inspections follow NAWMA specifications and is a ‘buyer beware’ program.  The Harney County Weed Board initiated this program to meet the needs of new requirements when purchasing materials, specifically new federal and state weed free requirements.  This program is managed by the Harney County Weed Control Department.

If you have a weed problem, big or small, we are here to help so give us a call.

 

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