WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board is looking for candidates interested in filling a vacancy on the five-member board.

Ken Bauer, who had served on the board since 1997, stepped down from the Weed District 1 post, which covers the Wenatchee and Malaga area, in mid-2020. Candidates for his replacement must live in the Malaga area and, according to state regulations, “be engaged in the primary production of agricultural products.”

Board coordinator Julie Sanderson said most members are orchardists, truck farmers, market growers or have a vineyard or are somehow involved in growing an agricultural product. A revision to the weed law that goes into effect in July changes the agriculture requirement to only require three of the five members to have a direct agriculture connection.

“We currently have three members involved in the primary production, so this position could be filled by someone who is not,” she said.

The ideal candidate, she said, has experience with controlling weeds on their own or other’s property, has served on other boards in the past, understands state laws and has an appreciation for the damage that noxious weeds can have on agricultural and natural resource lands.

A newly appointed candidate would finish out the remainder of Bauer’s term — through April 2022 — and then be re-appointed for a four-year term after that.

The board meets quarterly, on the second Tuesday of the month. The board’s duties include adopting rules and regulations for the program, adopting the county’s noxious weed list and providing guidance for the program.

The other members of the board include:

  • Fred Smith of Dryden, representing Weed District 2
  • Joe Grentz of Monitor, District 3
  • James Johnson of Entiat, District 4
  • Dirk Veleke, Chelan, District 5

Interested persons should contact the Chelan County Noxious Weed Board office at (509) 667-6576.