Nevada prepares for increased invasive species population

NDA encourages landowners to monitor for noxious weeds early


Rebecca Allured
Public Information Officer
(SPARKS, Nev.) - February 27, 2017

Northern Nevada has received heavy rainfall and snow leading up to National Invasive Species Awareness Week. This wet weather brings the probability of increased noxious weeds, which are invasive weed species that can be detrimental or destructive to Nevada’s landscapes.

“Invasive noxious weeds species like Perennial pepperweed and Purple loosestrife, grow well in wet soil conditions and can spread rapidly during flooding events,” Sean Gephart, the NDA’s noxious weed coordinator, said. “It is extremely important for landowners to keep an eye out for weeds like these on their property to reduce the risk of spreading.”

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) provides numerous resources such as the Nevada noxious weeds quick reference guide, which highlights the most effective control measures for common species. In addition, staff is available to assist landowners when needed. The NDA website also provides a list of licensed control companies that help eradicate weed invasions.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is Feb. 27 through March 3.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.