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Madras teams up with Raven Research to eradicate noxious weeds, prevent fires.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gary Clowers, of Raven Research, is assisting the city in its efforts to eradicate weeds.The city of Madras and Raven Research have been working on the eradication of noxious weeds and fire prevention within the city.

The city's weed abatement program addresses not only noxious weeds, but also tall grasses and weeds that dry out and become a fire hazard.

Madras Public Works employees and Raven Research would like to enlist the help of Madras residents in the removal of noxious weeds and tall grasses that may be a fire hazard. If you think, you may have noxious weeds, but are not sure, call the city at 541-325-0313.

"We would be happy to come out and look and give the best advice possible in combating the issue," said Michele Quinn, Public Works office coordinator. "It saves staff time and money if we can have a conversation with a property owner/tenant rather than sending out official notices."

What is a noxious weed?

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hoary cress, also called white top, is one of the city's more common noxious weeds.A noxious weed is a nonnative plant that aggressively invades farmland, and robs native plants of water, nutrients, and sunlight. They may also reduce native wildlife habitats. Noxious weeds in your yard can also decrease your property value, and deter potential owners or renters.

In the Madras area, there are many noxious weeds. A few of the most common are diffused knapweed, spotted knapweed, puncture vine, dalmatian toadflax, tumble mustard, perennial pepper weed, and hoary cress (white top).

"You do not have to look that hard to find one of the listed noxious weeds growing in yards, driveways, and planter strips," said Quinn.

Why should I care?

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dalmation toadflaxNoxious weeds can impair wildlife habitat, decrease plant diversity, and increase soil erosion. Noxious weeds can also cause crop losses and reduce forage, decrease the appeal of recreational lands, and pose wildlife and human hazards.

Every year, local farmers spend hundreds to thousands of dollars combatting weeds and noxious weeds. If the city does not control the noxious weeds in the city, they will continue to grow and infect the local farming community. Noxious weeds not only causes problems within the community, but also affect local farmers.

If your property is identified as containing noxious weeds, you will receive a notice allowing you time to remove the weeds from your property. If the noxious weeds are not removed in the time given, you will receive a formal notice and could receive a fine.

Help the city of Madras, Raven Research and Jefferson County put a stop to noxious weeds. If you have any questions about the city's Noxious Weed Ordinance, or noxious weed regulations, call Quinn at the Madras Public Works Department at 541-325-0313 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also visit the city's website at www.ci.madras.or.us/publicworks/page/weed-abatement-program, or for a full list of the Jefferson County noxious weed list, you can visit the Jefferson County website at www.jeffco.net/publicworks/page/weed-control-and-abatement. The list not only identifies weeds, but will aid in control and abatement.

"The city of Madras would like to thank you for your help in controlling this ongoing problem," said Quinn.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Don't let the little yellow flowers fool you; puncture vine is a menace to people and bike tires.


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