Uintah County  
 

Laws, Rules & Regulations

Utah Department of Agriculture and FoodUintah 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, the County has adopted Uintah County's Noxious Weed Rules and Regulations for weed control. 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.

Noxious and invasive weeds affect all society. Whether you are a farmer, rancher, developer, oil worker, gardener, biker, hunter, angler, aviator or traveler noxious weeds can and do affect the way we work and play. Certain noxious weeds can reduce crop quality and yields, damage equipment, create fire hazards, destroy wildlife habitat, increase soil erosion, damage water quality, impair travel, 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 poisonous noxious weeds, such as this poinson hemolock. Real estate values are severely impacted when noxious weeds are allowed to get out of control (below right).

Cattle grazing near lethal poison hemlock  Noxious and invading weeds can destroy property values

Outdoor enthusiasts should avoid traveling through weed infested areas and take time to clean weed seeds and plant parts, such as Houndstongue (below left) off clothing and equipment. Noxious weeds often destroy wildlife habitat, such as dyer's woad in northern Utah (below center). 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 and water quality.

Houndstongue seeds  Dyer's woad infestation  Strawberry Reservoir weed problem