To the Editor:
Please join me in supporting the Wallowa County Weed Levy. This levy will provide the administration necessary to help inventory and coordinate the control of invasive plants in the county.
I want to point out the contrasting difference between Wallowa County and the area around Silverwood theme park. Around mid August this year our family went to Silverwood which is north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For me it was a weed tour. Except for pavement, tilled areas and landscaping, the land is dominated by Spotted knapweed. Roadside south of Coeur d’Alene has heavy infestations of Common tansy. Roadside east of Spokand on I-90 has heavy infestations of Rush skeletonweed.
That situation does not exist to that degree in Wallowa County. It is not an accident that this contrast exists. Over past years we have been diligent in cooperating with land owners and other agencies in identifying and directing the ground treatment of small patches of weeds before they dominate the landscape. Continuing to fund the Wallowa County Weed Vegetation Department with the weed levy will contribute to keeping Wallowa County free of large weed infestations.