About Us


The Lewis County Noxious Weed Control Board recognizes the control of noxious weeds as a total community effort. This requires landowners to engage in the control and spread of noxious weeds on their lands and to prevent infestations moving to adjacent lands. To assist landowners, the Weed Control Board works to develop programs that reflect local priorities, meets the needs of county landowners and carries out the mandate of the Washington State noxious weed law. The Weed Program provides weed prevention strategies, education programs, technical assistance and compliance actions to control or eradicate noxious weeds.

The Lewis County 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 a district of Lewis County. The Weed Control Program also employs a program coordinator, and a weed control specialist (see below).

Bill Wamsley is a graduate of WSU and has worked with the Weed Control Program for several years. Bills knows Lewis County like the back of his hand and is always happy to lend support to local farmers, and residents for weed control, pasture management, or anything weed/plant related. When he isn't serving Lewis County, Bill can be found on one of Gifford Pinchot's forest trails or working on his tree farm. Bill can be contacted by email at bill.wamsley@lewiscountywa.gov or by phone #(360) 740-1215.

Casey Risley joined the Lewis County Noxious Weed Control Program in 2019. Casey's position focuses on education and outreach. She is also available to provide information, training, and technical assistance to land owners in identifying and controlling noxious weeds on their own property. Casey is a lifelong Washington resident that has trained and worked in conservation and wildlife ecology for several years, graduating from WSU in 2004 and from University of Maine in 2008. When she isn’t killing noxious weeds, Casey loves gardening outdoors in one of her many vegetable or flower beds, as well as indoors where she has an ever growing collection of exotic tropical plants. Casey can be contacted by email at casey.risley@lewiscountywa.gov or by phone #(360) 740-1218.

We are always looking for opportunities to interact with and assist the residents of Lewis County. Please check our website often to keep up on upcoming education events, continuing education for licensed applicators, volunteer opportunities, landowner incentive programs, and noxious weed news in Washington State.