Should Fairfax Ban Noxious Weeds?

The Fairfax Town Council is considering banning non-native plants that can negatively impact natural habitats and ecosystems. Do you think the council should OK a ban?


The Fairfax Town Council is considering a ban on noxious weeds, including French broom, Scotch broom and yellow starthistle, according to the Marin Independent Journal. 

If approved by the council, the ordinance would make it unlawful to sell, plant or permit existing weeds. 

Councilman Larry Bragman suggested the ordinance, which would also discourage the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides to control noxious weeds. 

According to the IJ, the ordinance would help stop the spread of weeds into Marin Municpal Water District land. 

Would you support the town banning noxious weeds? Do you care? Tell us below in the comments!


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Stacy October 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Yes, I would wholeheartedly support this. These noxious weeds are invasive species that are disrupting our ecosystem. To control these invasive plans, organophosphate pesticides are commonly used, which are acutely toxic to bees, wildlife, and humans.
Sierra Salin October 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The cat's already in n out of the bag. Do people actually plant Broom and star thistle anywhere, or is this just requiring folks to remove them from their property? Humans ARE the most noxious weeds. Look at so pictures of earth from space at night sometime..... Or try and picture the land where you live, before roads and houses......
Bill Turner October 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Is there any kind of plan to remove the invasives where they have encroached on open space? The broom won't care if the council passes this ordinance, and probably won't even notice if they all go into a thicket and proclaim "I ban thee!" There was some organized eradication a while ago but it appears to have stopped this year, at least where I hike and ride around Tamarancho.
CB October 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Home Depot and OSH still SELL these plants. I was shocked to see them. (More reason to support local nurseries, that know what is going on in our area.)
Robin Brennan October 11, 2012 at 01:16 AM
The town needs to work with the courts and probation to make weed removal a valid community or work service. On my street many people are on fixed incomes and do not have money to pay for hand weeding services. And no I do not use herbicides and do not want to use them on my property but I also do not want the government making it an offense to have broom on my property. Isn't it about time to stop passing more laws? We got more than we can handle.
Jolon Timms October 11, 2012 at 03:57 AM
As a member of the Marin County Youth Commission, I fully support this idea. It is inappropriate and foolish for us to be using toxic chemicals that run down the streams into our bay, into our ocean (meanwhile causing havoc throughout ecosystems), and into fish that WE eat. A major part of the role of local government is to keep its people safe. This ordinance not only ensures minimal amounts of chemicals leach into our water and air, but protects the precious wild (and native) landscapes we try so hard to preserve in Marin. Furthermore, although it may be a hassle to some to take these weeds out of their backyards, it will certainly prove helpful in the long run. Not only do these kinds of plants pose a fire danger during the later parts of the summer, but also absorb the many toxic chemicals individuals poor on them. As I've said, this kills the soil around the plant and affects organisms down-stream as well. I do believe a solution could be worked out about how we might go about implementing this ordinance if passed (all the labor that some may not want to deal with or cannot afford). I look forward to hearing how we might be able to make Marin that much safer.


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