Utah Noxious Weed Laws

Utah Department of AgricultureThe Utah Noxious Weed Control Act
was established to provide a means to control destructive noxioius weeds. Below are the links to Utah's Noxious Weed Control Act.

Utah Noxious Weed Control Act - full document
Utah Code Annotated title 4 Chapter 17

As of 2016 the state of Utah has added 27 new weeds to the Utah Noxious Weed List for a total 54 noxious weeds. These are separated in to five categories, Class 1A: Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR), Class 1B: Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR), Class 2: Control, Class 3: Containment, Class 4: Prohibited. Go to Utah Noxious Weed ID to see the clasifications and what the new weeds look like.

Why Control Noxious Weeds

Invasive noxious weeds have been described as a raging biological wildfire – out of control, spreading rapidly, and causing enormous economic losses. Millions of acres in North America have been invaded or are at risk of being invaded by weeds, including cropland, pastures, rangelands, forests, wilderness areas, national parks, recreation sites, wildlife management areas, transportation corridors, waterways, wetlands, parks, golf courses, even yards and gardens. Noxious weeds are currently spreading at a rate of more than 4,600 acres per day on federal lands in the United States.

Devastation caused by noxious weeds is enormous. Economic losses from weeds exceed $20 billion annually in the United States, and the cost continues to grow. Weeds often reduce crop yields, and can damage watersheds, increase soil erosion, negatively impact wildland plant and animal communities, and adversely affect outdoor recreation. Ecological damage from uncontrolled noxious weed infestations can be permanent, leaving lands unable to return naturally to their pre-invasion condition.

Prevention, preserving and protecting lands not presently infested, is the first line of defense against aggressive noxious weeds. Prevention requires awareness and action by land managers as well as the general public, to recognize, report, and control new infestations before they have a chance to expand and spread.

Steven A. Dewey