Marion County Weed Control District
Marion County Weed District Receives $22,000 in Grant Funding
The Marion County Weed District, in partnership with the Marion SWCD and North Santiam Watershed Council received significant funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to conduct noxious weed surveys of the Upper Mill Creek watershed.
In July, 2018 Marion County crews surveyed over 50 miles of the Upper Mill Creek and its tributaries and found over 200 noxious weed infestations. The noxious weeds found included tansy ragwort, old man's beard, false brome, meadow knapweed and yellow flag iris. While each species can cause harm to natural resources and agricultural land, yellow flag iris was of major concern because of its ability to clog water ways and outcompete native vegetation. The yellow flag iris was treated and will be removed and replanted this summer.
The partners also held noxious weed identification/treatment trainings for land owners and Marion County employees in an effort for continued monitoring of these noxious weed species. The grant funding has provided the County with valuable information and has allowed for partnerships and resources to be developed that will help reduce the impact of noxious weeds around the County.
Be on the lookout for these noxious weeds. They may look pretty, but they can have major impacts on our natural areas and agricultural resources. Report them if you see them.
Purple Loosestrife Yellow Flag Iris Garlic Mustard