BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraged by the changes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has adopted in their weed management plan along Lake Oahe.

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) commends the efforts that the US Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District has made to update the weed management plan,” Goehring said in a letter to the Corps' Oahe project office in Pierre, SD.

Goehring said he appreciates the increased utilization of the Corp's stakeholder taskforce to address weed manNagement concerns. Taskforce participants include NDDA along with local, state and federal agencies and the pesticide industry. He said he is pleased by the concerted effort of the Corps to partner with local weed boards, districts and private contractors in the control of noxious weeds.

Goehring, who was critical of the Corps weed control efforts in 2009, said the “Oahe Noxious Weed Management Plan Goals and Objectives” marks an improvement in the agency's weed management program, although he questioned the report's emphasis on saltcedar.

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) considers all state and county listed noxious weeds high priorities and encourages you to control all of them on project lands,” Goehring said.

North Dakota's eleven state-listed noxious weeds include absinth wormwood, Canada thistle, diffuse knapweed, leafy spurge, musk thistle, purple loosestrife, Russian knapweed, spotted knapweed, yellow toadflax, Dalmation toadflax and saltcedar.