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The Adams County Record Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Page 11 2012 Weed Control End of Year Report BY DAVE KLAW As usual, we sprayed most of the county roads this past year, and parts of Highways 55 and 95. In doing so the R-O-W's look nicer, but it is our primary way of finding new weed infestations. An example of this is Yellow starthistle. We found 4 single plant infestations at vari- ous locations along Highways 55 and 95 in the Meadows Valley and Pinehurst areas. We sprayed pre-emergents around the Road & Bridge shops, Weed and Recycle buildings, County Extension, Adams County Health Center and the Courthouse. The lawns at the Courthouse, Health Center and county park near the Post Office were sprayed twice this year. We have an agreement with the City of Council to spray the city park, around the public restrooms and City Hall. Spraying was done on private land, and IDL and Potlatch timberlands, and BLM and USFS lands for priority weeds such as Med Sage, Knapweeds, Whitetop, Poison Hemlock, Yellow Starthistle, Orange Hawkweek and Leafy Spurge. We fulfilled our yearly weed control agreements with ITD ($3,200), BLM ($9,000) and the USFS ($7,000). Bio-controls (bugs) for Leafy Spurge were collected on BLM land near Cambridge and released in the Goodrich area on state, pri- vate and BLM lands. Bugs were released for Spotted Knapweed in the Pinehurst area, and for Canada Thistle in the Meadows Valley. A collection of galls was made from Canada Thistle_ for a University of Idaho study. We will continue to do bio releases as they become available from the BLM and from the Nez Perce Bio- Control Center in Lapwai. We participated in 6 Adams CWMA workdays in cooperation with private landowners, and per- sonnel from the USFS, BLM, IDL, Idaho Power, Payette and Idaho Counties. These workday s were south of Council for Med Sage, Goodrich and Willow Creek (Payette County) areas for Yellow Starthistle, Big Bar along the Snake River for a variety of weeds, Rubicon for Knapweeds and thistles, and along the Little Salmon River/Hwy 95 (Smokey Boulder to Pinehurst) for primarily Knapweeds. We also supervised the work of the CWMA Leafy Spurge contractors who worked in the Goodrich and Little Weiser/Alpine areas. We do the quarterly reports for the CWMA, the End-of-Year and next year's Annual Operating Plan reports. Chemical weed treatments started April llth and ended October 26th. Hand digging and surveying areas for weeds lasted from March into December. With the federal stimulus funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to create jobs in the coun- ty, we employed 5 Weed Control/ Fuels Reduction workers and one Administrative Assistant as seasonal employees. Those employed were Jake Eich, Chris York, Dave Herold, Ron Jones, Tom Landweer and Debbie Paradis. All did a great job this year spraying weeds and working on fuels reduction jobs thru Don Horton, Building Inspector. All but one were laid off by early November. Debbie handles the stimulus funding monthly, quarterly and annual reports, plus the monthly reimbursements, which go thru the State Dept of Agriculture. She will continue to work a few days a month, since those reports are still required during the win- ter. Depending on the weather, Debbie and Chris should return working full- time in early April. Ron left during the year, and lake and Tom will be doing their own weed spraying business (Wild Turkeys Weed Control). Those hired this year worked a total of approximately 4,626 hours, treated weeds on approxi- mately 818 acres and did fuel reduction on approximately 31 acres. In addition, 453 hours were spent on 145 acres of BLM, and 50+ hours on 100 acres of USFS lands. I feel this was another successful year from a weed control standpoint and for creating jobs in the county. Thru the third year of the 4-year USFS stimulus award, we have spent approximately 89% of wages/benefits allowed, so there is still a little money to keep a few people employed next season. This award ends Sept 30, 2013. The ARRA funds are meant to be spent, creating jobs and stimulating the econo- my. Much of our operating expenses are paid thru those funds. On the other hand, the regular county weed budget that the taxpayers of Adams County support, we try to be very frugal with. Again this year, we were under budget which allows a cash carryover into the new fiscal year. Cost share funds to the Adams Cooperative Weed Management Area that we receive from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to do weed control projects was reduced this past year. It still allowed the cooperators to accomplish most of the projects, but this funding will probably continue to go down for all CWMA's statewide in future years. Of course, the really big disappoint- ment of the year was the fire in the Weed Control Building. Since the first of December, demolition work has been started. Hopefully, the work of many contractors will have the building repaired by the end of the winter and in time for the start of the busy weed season. i!!!!ii i/;! i The new trusses (at fight) wait to be installed in the county weed building to replace those that are fire damaged - which is all of them. Because the trusses have squared off ends that tie into the subsiding, the siding had to be removed. Year's Eve Sirloin steak 2