The Gem County Weed Department will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, June 28th, 2023, thru October, 2023, as the Department will be under building construction.
If assistance is required, please call the Weed Department and leave a message at:
208-365-4201 or 208-283-9568 and someone will return your call as soon as possible
You may also email the office at: email@example.com
- Noxious Weed Department can be contacted as follows:
Office: (208) 365-4201
FAX: (208) 365-2690
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Gem County Weed Control
125 E Dion Street, Emmett, Idaho 83617
Phone: (208) 365-4201
Fax: (208) 365-2690
Email … firstname.lastname@example.org
Gem County Weed Department will perform the following services upon request at no charge:
- Weed Identification
- Land Inspections and Recommendations
- Weed Control Speaking Engagements
- State Weed Law Enforcements
- Advise Residents on Local Weed Problems and Laws
GCWC also inspects forage and straw for certification into the ISDA’s Noxious Weed Free Forage & Straw Program. Certification fees: A minimum of forty dollars ($40.) per field per inspection will be charged for up to (10) acres. Three dollars and fifty cents ($3.50) per acre from eleven (11) acres to (50) acres. Three dollars ($3.00) per acre for fifty-one (51) acres to one hundred (100) acres. Two dollars ($2.00) per acre from one hundred one (101) acres.
Any treatment of private land requires the landowner’s signature on a release and permission to add the site to our GIS database thru GPS.
For the long-term battle against noxious weeds, the Weed Dept has prioritized the noxious weed list to better focus our efforts and resources.
Gem County has five noxious weeds that are firmly established – Rush Skeletonweed, Field Bindweed, Puncturevine, Canada Thistle, and Poison Hemlock. These will be kept off right-of-ways and reduced wherever possible. Landowners will contain these weeds to prevent spread.
We have another twenty noxious weeds present in the County that have a population low enough where eradication is possible. For these, the lower the population – the higher the priority. Treating as much as possible every year within each weed’s “window of opportunity”, we hope to reduce this list over time, species by species. All landowner’s will work toward eradication of these weeds.
Bio-control programs have been established for Purple Loosestrife, Musk Thistle, and Rush Skeletonweed.
The last group of noxious weeds are the ones not yet found in Gem County. These are the highest priority. When one of these are identified, all resources will be used as needed for immediate eradication to remove any chance of spread or escape.
2022 Noxious Weed Priorities