Mission and Purpose

Mission of Wyoming Weed & Pest Council

Our mission is to provide unified support and leadership for noxious weed and pest management in the state of Wyoming. We have been working to eradicate invasive species since 1973.

Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Act, 1973

The Wyoming Weed & Pest Council is comprised of 23 Weed & Pest districts in the State of Wyoming. One of the main goals of the Council is to provide coordination and leadership in the fight against designated and declared noxious weeds & pests and invasive species in the State of Wyoming. The Council works closely with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the University of Wyoming to keep current with the latest technology and research available in the ongoing management of noxious weeds and pests. The Council has many committees that have specific goals that help the Council meet their goals.

Purpose of Wyoming Weed & Pest Council

Resolutions may be submitted to the WWPC by individual Districts, Areas, or committees.  A resolution, which must be submitted to the WWPC secretary prior to the Fall Conference Business Meeting, is a statement that will give the WWPC a specific directive.  The resolution then must survive a simple majority vote by the WWPC to pass.  Resolutions may range from requesting information from an agency to taking a position on an issue to proposing legislation.  Resolutions act as a way for the WWPC to speak in a unified voice.

Resolutions also come in the form of declared species resolutions.  A resolution is necessary to begin the process of adding or removing a species from the State designated weed or pest list and must be submitted to the WWPC Secretary a minimum of 60 days prior to Fall Conference.  A resolution is also necessary in order to begin the process of adding or removing a species on the county’s declared list.  Every District, after holding a public hearing, may declare certain species to be considered noxious in their own District W.S. 11-5-105 (b)(vi).  These resolutions must be submitted to the WWPC in the same manner stated above, and be voted on by the WWPC.  Once the declared species list is finalized by the WWPC, it is then forwarded on to the Wyoming Board of Agriculture for final approval.