Noxious Weeds

Resource Definition

Noxious weeds are plants that are considered harmful to agricultural or horticultural crops, natural habitats or ecosystems, or humans or livestock. Often times they are non-native species, which spread rapidly due to habitat disruption or poor land management.

Who controls or influences the resource the most?

Cooperative weed management areas (CWMAs) can be an effective resource in the prevention, detection, and suppression of noxious and invasive weeds. Private property owners, municipalities, and state agencies are all subject to the provisions of the Utah Noxious Weed Act. Federal agencies are subject to the provisions of the Federal Noxious Weed Act. The USDA is a primary leader involved in preventing the introduction of invasive species. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) also contributes to preventative measures and education on plants that may pose a risk to cropland, rangeland, or wildlands.