Noxious weeds are non-native invading plants designated “Noxious” by the State of Idaho. Noxious Weeds impair land productivity and value. They outcompete and displace native vegetation because they have no innate controlling agents in their new environment and/or they have growth characteristics that inhibit survival of native vegetation. Unfortunately, McCall is home for several of these unwelcome invading guests.
Noxious Weed Seminar at the McCall Public Library on
May 30th starting at 6:00 pm
Visit McCall’s website to read an overview of designated noxious weeds needing control in McCall. There will be a Noxious Weed Seminar at the McCall Public Library on May 30th starting at 6:00 pm. At this seminar you will learn about the noxious weed problem, McCall noxious weed species eradication needs and control method alternatives.
McCall City is a member of the Upper Payette Cooperative Weed Management Association. Each year Cooperators work together with combined resources to complete effective weed control needed in a member’s land area responsibility. UPCWMA Members include Valley County, Idaho Department of Lands, Gem County, Boise County, Boise and Payette National Forests. The Cooperators treated over 53 acres noxious weed infested land in McCall.
State Idaho Noxious Weed Code 22-2407(1) states; “It shall be the duty and responsibility of all landowners to control noxious weeds on their land and property.” This code is enforced by Counties on behalf of the State of Idaho.
There is a lot of private land that are heavily infested with noxious weeds (mostly spotted knapweed) in McCall. State Idaho Noxious Weed Code 22-2407(1) states; “It shall be the duty and responsibility of all landowners to control noxious weeds on their land and property.” This code is enforced by Counties on behalf of the State of Idaho. An effort is made to notify landowners of noxious weed infestations found on their land. Despite the City’s work and some responsible landowners “The weeds are currently winning the battle!” said Al Becker, McCall City’s seasonal employee implementing the Noxious Weed Control Program the last several years. Becker stated; “I am encouraged landowners are becoming increasingly aware and are following up with action to control their noxious weeds.”
There will also be a trial pilot program this summer where McCall City and Valley County will hold a ‘Pull Together’ City Noxious Weed Control Day, scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2018. On this day, mixed herbicide, limited spray equipment, personal protective gear and safe use instructions will be provided to pre-registered landowners within the City for their use.
Chemicals are not the only control method that day. Scout groups, hiking clubs and other organizations are also invited to help for prizes provided by local merchants in numerous categories! Plastic garbage bags, registration and safety instruction will be available at McCall City Parks Shop on Park Street.
The City of McCall welcomes ideas on ways to improve Noxious Weed control. You are encouraged to contact Erin Greaves, Communications Manager 634-8966 and/or visit McCall City’s Web Site at www.mccall.Id.us. If you have noxious weeds needing treatment, you are encouraged to contact Al Becker at 208 315-3627 or Eddie Heider at 208 634-6609.