Gem County Weed Control
Dion Street, Emmett, Idaho 83617
Phone: (208) 365-4201
Fax: (208) 365-2690
Weed Department will perform the following services upon request at no
Land Inspections and Recommendations
Weed Control Speaking Engagements
State Weed Law Enforcements
Advise Residents on Local Weed Problems and
The Weed Department is involved with two
Cooperative Weed Management Areas:
Both CWMA’s offer cost-share programs for
specific noxious weeds – inquire. GCWC offers reduced application rates for
CWMA cost-share programs.
Private Landowner’s Weed Control Service is limited to:
At the discretion of the Gem County Weed Superintendent, the control of
noxious weeds in non-crop areas.
GCWC also inspects forage and straw for
certification into the ISDA’s Noxious Weed Free Forage & Straw Program. The
fee is $30. (minimum) and $3. per acre over 10 acres plus tags or string
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
priorities 2012 (.pdf)