Teton County Courthouse
150 Courthouse Drive - Room 107
Driggs, ID 83422
150 Courthouse Drive- Room 107
Driggs, ID 83422
Summer Office Hours: Mon-Thu 3:00 to 5:00 PM
We have received our 2022 grant funding through the ISDA "Cost Share" program!
The Cost Share Program this year will be much different than it has been in the past. As I reviewed the outcomes of the last season and previous years and weighed them against the goals stated by ISDA and the County projects, I have determined that the program has not been accomplishing as much as we had hoped it would. I regularly hear concerns about how the weeds seem to be increasing year after year, and that is exactly opposite of the intended goals of the Cost Share Program.
The Bad News: There will no longer be discounts or rebates for chemicals purchased from the County. The documentation required by ISDA, and formatting it to their data standards, for this use of the funds occupies a significant amount of the time I could be spending working to resolve problem areas in the County. It was also evident to me that some of the information requested on the In-Kind form required a level of experience evaluating vegetation only gained by conducting vegetation surveys. This left most of you confused by what was being requested. I realize that discounted herbicide has been immensely helpful for those who participated, but in consideration of the County as a whole, it has accomplished very little.
The Good News: I will continue to keep some products in stock for you to purchase if you would like to use them. Product availability is highly variable this year and may impact what we are able to keep in stock. My goal in changing the Cost Share Program this year is to reduce the heavier weed infestations by providing assistance with treating them, and hopefully begin to see a reduction in the weeds over time. Due to limited resources, I will only be providing assistance for severe infestations of noxious weeds. Large open areas that are heavily infested will be evaluated upon request to determine if a Spray Day, in cooperation with partner agencies and my counterparts in surrounding Counties, should be conducted to reduce the weed populations. Smaller-scale heavy infestations, particularly those that affect multiple landowners, are eligible for assistance as well.
A Final Note: The assistance provided by this program is not intended to continue indefinitely. It is to help reduce the populations of noxious weeds down to a level that can be managed by individual landowners—either on your own or through one of the companies in the valley that offer weed management services.
To request an evaluation of a property of concern, contact the Weeds Department by phone, email, or stop by during our office hours (3-5 PM M-Th).