The Lewis County Noxious Weed Control Board recognizes that managing noxious weeds requires a community wide effort, and everyone living in the county benefits from all of us putting in our fair share of the effort. The Washington State noxious weed law, RCW 17.10, mandates that it is each landowners' responsibility to control or eradicate noxious weeds on their property and to prevent infestations from spreading to adjacent properties. To assist landowners in this effort, the Noxious Weed Control Board develops programs that reflect local priorities, meet the needs of county landowners and carries out the mandates of the law. The Noxious Weed Control Program provides weed prevention strategies, educational forums, technical assistance, compliance actions, as well as other resources to manage noxious weeds within Lewis County.
The Noxious Weed Control Program receives its guidance and oversight from the Weed Control Board, comprised of 5 members appointed by the Lewis County Commissioners. Each member of the board represents one of five weed districts in Lewis County, a map of which may be found here. The Weed Control Program also employs a Program Coordinator, and two Noxious Weed Specialists, in addition to a number of seasonal Field Technicians.
We are always looking for opportunities to interact with and assist the residents of Lewis County. Please check our website often to keep up to date on upcoming education events, continuing education for licensed applicators, volunteer opportunities, landowner incentive programs, and noxious weed news in Washington State.
The Program Coordinator, Charles Edmonson is a graduate of UT Austin in Texas and has worked with the Weed Control Program since early 2021. Charles is new to Lewis County and excited to learn the area while getting acquainted with local residents. He is always happy to lend support to local farmers and small landholders alike for weed control, pasture management, or anything weed/plant related. When he isn't acting as a steward for the land of Lewis County, Charles can be found exploring one of Washington’s many forested, mountain trails with his dog, Pascal.
Charles can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone at (360) 740-1215.
Danika Davis is the office based Weed Specialist whose primary focus is outreach and education. Danika graduated with B.S. in Environmental Science from UW. She is also new to Lewis County but has previously resided in Thurston and Pierce counties. She very much enjoys connecting with the community through volunteer and outreach events that facilitate public education on noxious weeds and their impacts to agricultural operations and natural resources. In her spare time, Danika is often spending time with her family and friends.
Danika can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (360) 740-1218.
Kela Hall-Wieckert is the fieldwork and data management specialist. Kela graduated from Evergreen State College with her bachelor's degree in Ecological Agriculture in 2019. She’s worked for the Pierce Conservation District and Mason County Noxious Weed Control Program in the past, focusing on habitat restoration and noxious weed management. Kela is well versed in noxious weed control methods, and very knowledgeable in native and invasive flora. She enjoys hiking and botanizing in the Olympic National Forest, and is excited to become better acquainted with the Gifford Pinchot. A fellow dog owner, Kela spends weekends adventuring with her 4-legged side kick or lounging in her garden.
When in the office, Kela can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at (360) 740 1229