Preventing Noxious Weeds
Why Should We Worry about Noxious Weeds?
Should we worry whether the plants growing around us are native to our area or not? Isn't it all just "nature?" Before you dismiss this issue as unimportant, consider the following:
- Noxious and invasive weeds in agricultural and natural areas cost our country $13 Billion dollars per year
- Noxious and invasive weeds are the second most important reason for the loss of biological diversity, after habitat destruction
- The Bureau of Land Management, our nation's largest public landowner, estimates that 2,300 acres per day of its land are being lost to noxious and invasive plants. Nearly 4,000 acres per day are estimated to be lost to weeds nationwide.
This website has, in addition, been prepared to help you understand the problems of noxious and invasive weeds, identify them around your home and community, and take direct action to save our natural and agricultural resources from this threat.
What Can Citizens do to Help?
See the Hardin County Noxious Weed List for more information.
Here are some groups and agencies that can provide further information or assistance on noxious weeds:
- Hardin County Roadside Vegetation Manager/Weed Commissioner - 641-939-8263
- University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center - 319-273-3836
- Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - 515-281-5321
- Natural Resource Conservation Service - 319-337-2322
- Iowa Department of Transportation - 515-233-7729
- Iowa State University (Agronomy) - 515-294-1923
- The Nature Conservancy - 515-244-5044