Land Plants - invasive

Tansy Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) on Aug 10, 2020

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Description of specimen

Tansy ragwort

Commentary

Thanks for this report David, appreciate you using this service! Unfortunately, all the Polk SWCD can do in instances like this is do some targeted outreach to these landowners...we don't actually have any "teeth" to go out and enforce management/control of these patches of Tansy...
However, legislation does exist that could be utilized to give us some more power in terms of enforcing control and management of noxious and invasive weeds in Polk County...ORS 569.360 would allow Polk County to be designated a weed control district, which would allow the county or county reps (the Polk SWCD) to have/hire weed inspectors who could go out and actually enforce weed control and management, and ultimately, if an infestation was left untreated, could level fines, etc. on the properties in question until the weeds were controlled!
In order to get this established, or the process in motion, it will take petitioning by members of the public to both the SWCD board, and the county commissioners, which is something I have been encouraging everyone who is using this service to do!! So please, if you felt so inclined, go ahead and do that, and maybe here soon we can actually start aggressively taking care of these weeds!!
-Jackson Morgan, Polk SWCD

Jackson Morgan
Aug. 11, 2020, 9:29 a.m.