Proper weed management can increase native plant cover, habitat for wildlife, and forage quality for wildlife and livestock. It can also decrease allergens, restore natural fire regimes, and improve streamflow. Weed control involves the containment, reduction, or elimination of nuisance plant species, especially non-native invasive species, through mechanical removal, herbicide application, targeted grazing, prescribed burning, biological control, revegetation with native species, or a combinations of these methods.
RCD of Monterey County is currently leading the Salinas River Watershed Invasive Non-native Plant Control Program to eradicate Arundo donax (giant cane), Tamarix (salt cedar), and other invasive species from the Salinas River riparian corridor. We are committed to helping public and private landowners combat weeds throughout Monterey County, and can provide you with assistance or more information on effectively managing weeds on your property.
Learn more about our Salinas River Invasive Plant Control and Restoration Program by watching this short video, WITHIN REACH: Releasing Arundo's Leafy Grip on the Salinas.
Fuel Reduction for Fire Safety
Creating “defensible space” by clearing brush and other vegetation around homes and structures can protect lives and property in areas where wildfire is a concern. The California Public Resources Code (PRC 4291) requires property owners in areas susceptible to wildfires to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around structures. The RCD of Monterey County can help connect you with resources and funding to conduct fuel reduction projects on your property.