The Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board promotes awareness concerning management of listed noxious weeds such as tansy ragwort, knapweed, purple loosestrife, knotweed and their impacts on natural resources.
The Board generally meets the third Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. Please contact the Board office for specific dates and times.
The Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board has 5 County Council-appointed members representing the 5 Noxious Weed districts:
- Dale Yoder, District 1
- Alan Yoder, District 2
- George Kaas, District 3
- Alex Vondrell, District 4
- Patricia Lenssen, District 5
- Members of the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board must reside in their represented district and have 10 signatures from registered voters in that district in order to be appointed to the Board. Members receive mileage reimbursement for meetings.
- District Number 1 - North Boundary is the U.S. / Canada Border; South Boundary follows along Birch-Bay Lynden, Polinder, Timon, Lindsay and Sorenson roads; East and West Boundaries are the same for Whatcom County. This district includes Point Roberts. (Board Member - Dale Yoder)
- District Number 2 - North Boundary is Birch-Bay Lynden, Polinder, Timon, Lindsay, and Sorenson roads South Boundary is Henry, Alder Grove, and Hemmi roads; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County. (Board Member - Alan Yoder)
- District Number 3 - North Boundary is Henry, Alder Grove, and Hemmi roads; South Boundary follows Slater and Bakerview roads; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County. (VACANT)
- District Number 4 - North Boundary follows Slater and Bakerview roads; South Boundary follows Galbraith Road east to west through Hale Passage excluding Lummi Island; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County. (Board Member - Alex Vondrell )
- District Number 5 - Includes Lummi Island; Extends east to west to the south boundary of Acme; South Boundary is Skagit County Line; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County. (Board Member - Patricia Lenssen)
- See the Vacancies List
- Send applications to:
Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board
322 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
- 4 year term length, unlimited terms
HistoryThe Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board was activated by Ordinance Number 81-61 on September 17, 1981 and operated under provisions of Washington State Law RCW 17.10. Initially the Board's activities were directed at providing public information concerning one weed, tansy ragwort. On March 10, 1983, Ordinance Number 83-22 granted the Board authority to implement enforcement proceedings for Tansy Ragwort only.
On August 7, 1986, Ordinance Number 86-68 gave the addition of Knapweed to both educational and policing activities. It also extended the terms of the Weed Board to December 31, 1991. In 1987, State Law RCW 17.10 underwent revisions that made it necessary to amend Whatcom County Code 2.27. On January 25, 1992, Ordinance Number 92-008 and 92-009 amended Whatcom County Code 2.27 and 2.27.130 were deleted to bring the Board into full compliance with Revised Code of Washington Chapter 17.10.