Posted on 03/26/2024

Douglas County, NV – Spring is fast approaching in Douglas County, and with it comes the warmer weather and blooming flowers. With the blooming of flowers, however, also comes the growth of noxious vegetation.

Noxious Vegetation means weeds more than 10 inches in height; grass more than 10 inches in height; dead vegetation; dead trees, or noxious, and dangerous vegetation. These types of vegetation can pose health, fire, or traffic hazards because they may impair the view of a public right-of-way. Property exclusions are agriculture crops, endangered riparian grasses that have not come to seed, and wetland grasses that are neither a fire nor a traffic hazard.

Douglas County wants to gently remind the community that it is the responsibility of property owners to control noxious weeds in their area. As a responsible property owner, it is important to act in controlling these invasive plants.

“Our main concern is traffic and public safety,” says Head of Code Enforcement Ernie Strehlow. “We aim to help property owners navigate the hurdles of noxious vegetation on their property or in the public right-of-way.”

There is a difference between a nuisance weed and a noxious weed. A nuisance weed is any plant that is seen as bothersome and typically found throughout the state. These common weeds have varying levels of negative impact, but are not particularly invasive or difficult to control. These plants are not regulated by the State. If you don’t know if you have noxious weeds, specimens can be brought in a plastic bag to the Douglas County Weed Control Office at 1323 Waterloo Lane, or NV Cooperative Extension office 1325 Waterloo lane (Wednesday only).

Douglas County Weeds Department offers rental equipment which includes trailer rentals for larger properties and other supplies and products for smaller properties. All rentals, equipment, and products are specifically designed for weed removal and prevention.

For more information on our rental equipment and products, please contact our Weeds Department at 775-782-9835 or click here to visit their website. Let's make this spring season a beautiful one without the threat of noxious weeds.

About Douglas County, Nevada
Douglas County, Nevada, a community to match the scenery, is centrally located just 15 minutes south of Nevada’s state capital and borders Lake Tahoe. Located on Nevada’s western border, the community is framed by the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada to the west and the Pine Nut Mountains to the east. The community offers miles of open space, expansive ranches and farms, many historical sites and displays, along with numerous outdoor recreation activities. Douglas County is the fifth most populated county in Nevada with approximately 48,000 residents and seasonal populations that can exceed 65,000, due to its proximity to Reno, Carson City and northern California. Douglas County is governed by a five-member elected Board of Commissioners. The County is comprised of ten functional areas – general government, judicial, public safety, public works, sanitation, health, welfare, cultural and recreation, community support and utilities. For more information, visit Douglas County online at

TITLE VI Notice:
Members of the public who are disabled, require special assistance or accommodations or an interpreter are requested to notify the Douglas County Manager's Office in writing at Post Office Box 218, Minden, Nevada 89423 or by calling 775-782-9821 at least 20 hours in advance of the meeting.