About us

 Canada thistle in bloom near Mt. Adams.

Our Mission

The mission of the Skamania County Noxious Weed Control Program is to serve as responsible stewards of Washington by protecting and preserving the land and resources from the damaging effects of noxious weeds. We aim to uphold, educate and enforce compliance with the state noxious weed laws. It is our goal to focus efforts to educate citizens of Skamania County about noxious weeds and the threat they pose to our environment and economy. We actively work with public agencies and private citizens to control and eradicate listed noxious weeds. We actively seek to form cooperatives and enhance coordination between other counties, agencies and landowners to protect our resources, therefor making a difference in Skamania County.

 

Staff Members

Emily StevensonProgram Coordinator Emily began working for the program in 2012 and was hired in January 2014 as the Program Coordinator.  She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and fighting noxious weeds in the Columbia River Gorge has been her primary focus since 2005.  On her own time, Emily volunteers as an aquatic invasive species surveyor and as a Master Gardener.  Emily is responsible for general administration, program management, plant surveys, and enforcement of the noxious weed law.  Contact Emily at estevenson@co.skamania.wa.us or at (509) 427-3941.

Cyndi Soliz, Partnership Specialist Cyndi was hired in 2005. She is responsible for managing multiple projects throughout the county. Cyndi grew up on an Appaloosa horse farm in West Richland, WA. She attended college in Ft. Worth, Texas, focusing on Engineering Materials & Metallurgy. She is devoted to her community and contributes by means of her activities as the co-founder of the Cape Horn Conservancy, 3rd term County Planning Commissioner, Fire District #4 auxiliary member, Columbia Gorge Refuge Steward, and Underwood Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Contact Cyndi at soliz@co.skamania.wa.us or at (509) 427-3942.

Seasonal Staff

Each summer, seasonal employees are hired to work on projects throughout Skamania County. Seasonal staff members participate in manual removal of weeds, as well as the careful application of herbicides. In addition, they participate in education and outreach events, such as the Skamania County Fair.

Policy on Noxious Weed Control and Pollinators

The Skamania County Noxious Weed Board recognizes the importance of pollinators and the risks they face.  The board recently adopted practices to minimize impacts to pollinators while continuing to fulfill our obligations of noxious weed control in Skamania County.  The policy can be found here.

Contact us

Office Hours:            6:30 - 4:30 Monday to Thursday

Office Location:      704 Rock Creek Drive Stevenson, WA 98648

Mailing Address:        PO Box 369   Stevenson, WA 98648

Phone: (509) 427-3941 Email: Weeds

Learn more

Noxious weeds: FAQ

Get help and participate

Noxious weed list and laws

Weed Prevention

Methods of control

Knotweed

Toxic Plants