Non-native weeds in Marin County are crowding our diverse ecosystem, as well as infringing upon precious agricultural and pasture land. Some landowners manage their lands responsibly and prevent the weeds from growing and spreading. However, in some instances, land is not managed and the weeds spread quickly. The Marin County Department of Agriculture has proposed a 10-year invasive weed management plan to help prevent and control the weeds. This plan includes aerial and truck spraying with toxic herbicides.
MOMAS agrees it is imperative to address the issue of non-native weeds in Marin County with a long-term, comprehensive, science-based collaborative plan that prioritizes prevention. However, we have many concerns with the current plan, particularly with the use of pesticides that are highly mobile, persistent, threaten bees and wildlife and may cause profound adverse health impacts on humans even in small doses.
- MOMAS has submitted comments to the plan that you can view here and here.
- Please also review comments by the following:
- Please consider attending the upcoming Marin County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to share your thoughts about the County plan. We will share the date, time and location as soon as it is posted and you can also look for it on the online agenda once it is posted.
- Please also take just a minute to sign and share this Change.org petition.
- Please email us if you would like to become more involved. We are looking for problem-solvers who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help us come together as a community to find long-term solutions. The actions we take today will impact our food supply, our water, our pollinators and our health for decades – and will have a ripple effect felt far beyond our County.