Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board Committees

The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board has committees that deal with budget, education, executive matters, legislative relations, public lands, special projects, weed management and strategic planning.

The Chairperson of the State Weed Board is an ex-officio on all committees except the Executive Committee, which they chair. The Executive Secretary is an ex-officio on all committees.

Inquiries about these committees can be directed to the Board’s staff.

The Noxious Weed Committee

The committee of greatest interest to citizens is the Noxious Weed Committee, which advises the Board on changes and additions to the state’s official weed list of invasive plant species.

The Noxious Weed Committee is composed of scientists and experts in invasive plant management and control. The Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association and the Washington Native Plant Society are also represented on the Committee.

The Noxious Weed Committee usually meets within the week before State Noxious Weed Control Board meetings in May, July and September. Contact us for details about attending the meetings. Meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to propose changes or additions to the weed list. Find out more about submitting proposals here.

The Noxious Weed Committee can be contacted by emailing noxiousweeds@agr.wa.gov.

Members: Marty Hudson (Chair), Bill Agosta, Ken Bajema, Jennifer Andreas, Emily Stevenson, Tom Erler, Kevin Hupp, Greg Haubrich, Todd Palzer, Cathy Lucero, Ian Burke, and Dirk Veleke

The Budget Committee

This committee is involved in developing the Board's biennial general fund budget. The committee has also investigated alternative funding options for the Board and for other state agencies.

Members: Jerry Hendrickson (Chair), Bill Agosta, Ken Bajema, Brad White, and Allen Evenson

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is authorized to deal with housekeeping and personnel matters presented for approval at a Board meeting. With the approval of the Board, the chairperson appoints the Executive Committee.

Members: Bill Agosta, Brad White, Ken Bajema.

The Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending changes to Washington State’s noxious weed laws.

Members: Todd Davis (Chairman), Bill Agosta, Ken Bajema, Jerry Hendrickson, Randy Johnson, Kevin Hupp, Cathy Lucero, Laurel Baldwin, Emily Stevenson, and Steve Burke

The Pollinator Committee

The Pollinator Committee is an ad-hoc committee created to help implement HB 2478, the bill passed during the 2016 legislative session to address the preservation of pollinator forage while controlling noxious weeds. The Committee will work on the development of guidelines and on the selection and implementation of pilot projects to replace noxious weeds with native, pollinator-friendly forage.

Members: Carey Caruso (chair), Bill Agosta, Ken Bajema, Emily Stevenson, Loretta Nichols, Dirk Veleke, Judy Blanco, and Katie Buckley 

The Education Committee

The Education Committee was created early in the weed board, but hadn't met in many years, and restarted in 2022. Its goal is to focus, strategize, and work on education and outreach projects, related to noxious weed laws, control, identification, and other issues. 

Members: Janet Spingath (chair), Bill Agosta, Ken Bajema, Jerry Hendrickson, Ian Burge, Jennifer Andreas, and Justin Bush

The Douglas County Survey Committee

The Douglas County Survey Committee was created in 2021 to coordinate and plan a survey of weeds in Douglas County.

Members: Dirk Veleke (chair), Greg Haubrich, Kevin Hupp, Randy Johnson, and Dale Whaley