About Wyoming Weed and Pest Council
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.
- Biological Control Steering Committee-Responsible for the coordination of funding and research for new biological control agents.
- Pipeline & Equipment/Railroads & Ballasts-Coordinates partnerships with pipelines and railroads across the state.
- Weed Free Forage-Focuses on training inspectors and encourages participation of individuals and agencies to recognize certified weed free forage and gravel.
- Education-Coordinates educational activities, outreach, and public relations across the state as well as providing educational opportunities for District employees.
- Early Detection & Rapid Response-Tracks new invasive species that threaten public and private lands in Wyoming.
- Legislative-Tracks and coordinates the Council's position on a variety of state and federal legislation.
- Scholarship-Raises funds and selects outstanding students for college scholarships.
The Wyoming Weed & Pest Council is comprised of the 23 Weed & Pest Districts in the state, associated with the boundaries of each County. The existence of the WWPC is allowed for by law under the Wyoming Weed & Pest Control Act, Chapter 5 (11-5-101). Each District is permitted one delegate, who is approved in writing by each District Board, to vote on matters that come before the Council. The voting delegate may be a District Board member, or an employee of the District.
The Executive Council is made up of one president and six representatives. Each Executive board member must come from and be nominated by the area he/she represents (see illustration above). No more than three supervisors may serve on the Executive board at any one time. After a person is nominated, it is voted on by the entire Council. The terms for area directors are for three years with a maximum of two concurrent terms, while the president (who must be a Board member) serves one year terms with a maximum of three concurrent terms. The director of the Department of Agriculture, or his appointment, also serves ex officio. Another ex officio member of the Executive Council is a professor in either the Plant Sciences or Renewable Resources Department at the University of Wyoming.
The Executive Council holds an election to nominate a vice-president. The president of the WWPC will appoint a secretary and treasurer. The treasurer must be a member of the Executive Council, but the secretary does not. Each area is comprised of four districts, with Area 5 having three districts. The Executive Council is responsible for providing leadership to the Council as a whole, authorizing and approving the payment of bills, corresponding with outside agencies, appoint members to standing committees, and setting the date, place, and agenda for WWPC meetings (see illustration above).
There are many standing committees in the WWPC, which come into being by a vote of the WWPC. The president of the WWPC appoints the chairmen and members with Executive Council approval. These committees do a lot of leg work for the WWPC, and the committees compile reports at least once a year for the WWPC. Some of the committees require representation from every Area, while others are more informal. Some committees such as the Biological Control and Public Relations committees have their own money to carry out their duties. These funds and books are audited along with the WWPC’s on an annual basis.
Biological Control Steering
Early Detection Rapid Response
Pipeline & Equipment
Railroad & Ballast
Salary & Benefits
Weed Free Forage
Board of Certification – Pesticide Applicators
Board of Certification – Supervisors
State Allocations (SAC)
Council Business Committees
Finance & Budget
Resolutions & Bylaws
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.