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Check out what is happening at the state and local level that is effecting natural resources in our area


Prescribed Fire

See where prescribed fire is being used to prevent catastrophic wildfires.


Beaver Dam Analogues

Research in the John Day Basin shows beavers may cool creeks. 


Restoring Aspen

Check out this video about how people are recovering unique aspen woodlands.


Sage Grouse

Learn what the USFWS is doing to conserve sage grouse in Oregon. 


Walton Lake

Crook County is coordinating with US Forest Service to address dying trees. 


Water Quality

Check out the Oregon Department of Ag's guide to Water Quality in Crook County. 


The importance of weed management is affirmed in state statues.  It is our responsibility as a community to prevent weeds from spreading. 

ORS 569.180 In recognition of the imminent and continuous threat to natural resources, watershed health, livestock, wildlife, land and agricultural products of this state, and in recognition of the widespread infestations and potential infestations of noxious weeds throughout this state, noxious weeds are declared to be a public nuisance and shall be detected, controlled and, where feasible, eradicated on all lands in this state. It is declared to be the policy of this state that priority shall be given first to the prevention of new infestations of noxious weeds and then to the control and, where feasible, eradication of noxious weeds in infested areas.

Weed of the Month


Weed of te month

Why do we care?

Whitetop produces low quality forage, and dense infestations can crowd out desirable plants and reduce animal diversity. The foliage contains glucosinolates, which are toxic to cattle and decompose into allelopathic compounds that can impede germination and growth of desirable plants. 

Root fragments less than 1-inch long may resprout to form new shoots.


The following weeds occur in small infestations that eradication is still possible. 
Click on the pictures below to learn how to identify and treat these weeds for the benefit of Crook County. 

Weed of the month 


Our Strength is in Partnerships

OSU Crook County Extension Service

Scott Dugan

498 S.E. Lynn Blvd

Prineville, OR  97754

(541) 447-6228


USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

Chris Mundy

625 SE Salmon Avenue, Suite 4
Redmond, Oregon 97756-9580

(541) 699-3177

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Maria Snodgress

Regional Water Quality Specialist

475 N.E. Bellevue Drive, Suite 110

Bend, OR  97701


Crooked River Weed Management Area

Debbie Wood

498 S.E. Lynn Blvd

Prineville, OR  97754

(541) 447-9971

Crooked River Watershed Council

498 S.E. Lynn Blvd

Prineville, OR  97754

(541) 447-8567

Crook County Weed Master

Kev Alexanenia

1306 N. Main Street

Prineville, OR  97754

(541) 447-7958

Crook County Natural Resources Committee

Tim DeBoot 

498 SE Lynn Blvd. 

Prineville, OR 97754

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