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Control? What control? | Letters

Isn’t the pretty yellow flower we see in bloom everywhere on San Juan Island called “Scotch Broom”?

And isn’t Scotch Broom considered a “noxious weed”? And then don’t we have a “San Juan County Noxious Weed Control” unit located on Orcas Island?

Now if the answers to all of the above questions are “yes”, then what is the current relationship between the “weed” and the “control” part of the above mentioned unit?

Year after year I see more and more of this nasty weed spreading in a way that is responsible for it being classified as noxious.

On Cattle Point road, especially near town and the airport, and beyond, the obvious yellow flowers can be seen on the Right-of-Way and on private land, and on both sides of the road.

If an effort is being made to “control” it, I haven’t detected it and by any measure it is not working.

It seems to me that either we need to see some success in noxious weed control or if not, then may be we don’t really need to be paying for a noxious weed control unit.

At the very least, an explanation should be forthcoming form county authorities.

David Price

San Juan Island



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