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WEEDS: Remove and dispose of Scotch broom

Letter by David Tonkin, Port Townsend on July 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm | No Comments »
July 18, 2013 1:11 pm

Re: “Fruitful partnership between KP Lions and Park District continues” (newstribune.com, 7-10).

I am a member of a new group (Washington Scotch Broom Working Group) formed July 9 dedicated to the control and eradication of Scotch broom in Washington, particularly western Washington. It includes representatives from several county weed boards, tribal natural resource departments and environmental groups. We are working closely with the state’s Noxious Weed Control Board and Department of Transportation.

The article  included the statement that “it is prohibited to transport, buy, sell, offer for sale or distribute in plants, plant part or seed from.” The statement comes from the Washington Administration Code WAC 16-752-620.

This statement, by itself, implies that after cutting or pulling, you cannot take Scotch broom anywhere for disposal. This is not correct. WAC 16-752-630 says that “. . . plants or plant parts may be transported, as a part of a noxious weed control activity, to a sanitary landfill, to be burned, or otherwise for disposal under the supervision of a noxious weed control agency.”

This information is important for everyone, including the Key Peninsula Lions Club and Parks Department, to be aware of so they can take appropriate steps in their efforts to control and eradicate Scotch broom and other noxious weeds.

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