Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds oriental bittersweetThe Noxious Weed Law affects growing plants.  Some plants are noxious because they can harm people, animals, the food we eat, and nature.  MDA, county, city, and township officials inspect and ask owners to control and eradicate noxious weeds that are present in order to keep them from spreading and harming neighboring lands.  Land owners that refuse to comply with an official notice to control noxious weeds are in violation of the Noxious Weed Law and are subject to having the county contract the work to be performed, with all costs being added to their property taxes, or a summons to district court.

Minnesota Department of Transportation Noxious Weeds Identifier  

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Noxious Weeds Program    

Report a Noxious Weed

GENERAL NOTICE TO CONTROL OR ERADICATE NOXIOUS WEEDS

Notice is hereby given this 23rd day of March, 2020 pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 1 (2011), that all persons in Sherburne County, Minnesota, shall control or eradicate all noxious weeds on land they occupy or are required to maintain.  Control or eradication may be accomplished by any lawful method, but the method(s) applied may need to be repeated in order to prevent the spread of viable noxious weed seeds and other propagating parts to other lands.  Failure to comply with the general notice may mean that an individual notice, Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 2 (2011), will be issued.  An individual notice may be appealed within two working days of receipt to the appeal committee in the county where the land is located.  Failure to comply with an individual notice will mean the inspector having jurisdiction may either hire the work done or seek a misdemeanor charge against the person(s) who fail to comply.  If the work is hired done by the inspector, the cost can be placed as a tax upon the land and collected as other real estate taxes are collected.  You may obtain a list of the plants that are designated noxious and the members of the appeal committee from your County Agricultural Inspector or County-Designated Employee.  You can also obtain this information from your Local Weed Inspectors.  Local Weed Inspectors include the township supervisors, city mayors or their appointed assistants.  More information regarding the MN Noxious Weed Law and a list of County Agricultural Inspectors and County Designated Employees can be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Web Site by visiting: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants-insects/noxious-and-invasive-weed-program      

Sherburne County Agricultural Inspector 

Mitch Glines