P2011-22_17, 2 men spraying sodium chlorate onto weeds by side of road, car with equipment behind, ca 1936
Men spraying sodium chlorate onto weeds by side
of the road, car with equipment behind, 1936

Past Programs and Milestones
Teton County Weed and Pest Control District is a legally organized Weed and Pest District by Wyoming State Statutes (W.S. 11-5-101 through 119).  The District, established by the Wyoming State Legislature in 1973, consists of a locally appointed government board charged with implementing and pursuing an effective program for the control of designated and declared weeds and pests.

Recognizing the importance of prevention of new infestations, in 1988 the District Board established the District Wide Quarantine (W.S. 11-5-116 (a), (b)(ii),(d)(i)(ii)(iii) and W.S. 11-5-117), restricting the entry of non-certified hay or straw into Teton County.

In 1993 the District participated in the first ever meeting of the North American Weed Management Association (NAWMA, now known as the North American Invasive Species Management Association).  Working with other on the ground managers from across the West to coordinate efforts and promote support of noxious weed control and prevention programs at a national level.

In 1998 the Jackson Hole Weed Management Association (JHWMA) was established. This organization includes federal, state and local government as well as non-profit and private partners all working together to address noxious weed issues in Teton County across jurisdictional boundaries.  This group is still very active and partnerships are stronger than ever.

Current Programs
The mosquito was officially declared a pest in Teton County by the District Board in 2012. Mosquito control in Teton County incorporates an integrated pest management approach and focuses on public education, water management and population /disease surveillance-driven biological, biorational and chemical control measures.  Detailed knowledge of the species of mosquitoes that occur within Teton County allows for tailoring the most targeted and cost-effective approach to their control.   In general this takes the form of larviciding, or controlling the immature stages of mosquitoes when they are congregated in their aquatic habitat.

Based on the premise that weeds/pests that are never introduced will never need to be controlled, the District currently works to prevent the introduction of new harmful species into the county, or the spread of these species into areas of the county they do not currently inhabit. Prevention saves time and money in the long run and reduces the negative or non-target consequences of control activity.  The primary preventive techniques are public education, certified weed free hay, effective seed laws, equipment washing, quarantine, and early detection of new infestations coupled with rapid response. Programs are offered for the purpose of encouraging and implementing prevention, early detection and treatment of declared/designated noxious weeds and pests within Teton County, Wyoming.

District Board Chairman
1973-1976       John A. Wilson
1976-1981       Boyd Boyles
1981-1994       Skip Wright-Clark
1994-1999       Jerome Young
1999-2005       Gene Linn
2005-2007       Alan Rosenbaum
2007-present   John Becker