Laws, Rules & Regulations
Uintah County Weed Department receives its authority to control noxious weeds from the Utah Noxious Weed Act R68-9, Utah Code Annotated title 4 Chapter 17. Additionally, Uintah County has adopted Rules and Regulations for weed control within the County. Under these laws, each citizen of Uintah County is required to control all State and County noxious weeds that may infest property under their control.
Because of the destructive nature of noxious weeds, the State of Utah and Uintah County have established laws and policies to protect Utah's interests and encourage citizens and landowners to control these weeds and keep destruction at a minimum. CLICK HERE to view Uintah County's Noxious Weed Rules and Regulations (New 2011).
Noxious and invasive weeds affect all society. Whether you are a farmer, rancher, developer, oil worker, gardener, biker, hunter, fisher, aviator or traveler noxious weeds can and do affect the way we work and play. Certain noxious weeds can reduce crop quality and quantity, puncture tires, create fire hazards, destroy wildlife habitat, increase soil erosion, damage water quality, create travel hazards, destroy property values and injure livestock among other things.
Agricultural interests, such as this cattle operation (below left) face a serious loss if the cattle ingest sufficient amounts of poison hemlock. Real estate values are severely impacted when noxious weeds are allowed to get out of control (below right).
Outdoor enthusiasts must take care not to spread weed seeds by avoiding travel through infested areas. Noxious weeds often destroy wildlife habitat, such as dyer's woad in northern Utah (below left). One of Utah's premiere recreation areas , Strawberry Reservoir (below right), is being harmed by Canada thistle, musk thistle, dalmatian toadflax and saltcedar, abundant along its shores, affecting recreational use.