Pesticides and Environmental Protection

Noxious Invasive Plants

The diverse regions of Nevada County allow niches for many invasive plant species to colonize. Noxious invasive plants are usually able to out-compete local native plant species for water and space because they are more prolific, have more vigorous growth, and lack predators that would otherwise help to keep them in check. They degrade habitat for other wildlife, domestic animals, recreation, and other land use activities. The agricultural industry is particularly affected by invasive plants; their control expense is ultimately passed on to the consumer. Invasive plants affect everyone, either directly or indirectly.

Pest Exclusion, Management and Prevention

The Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner's Office is actively involved in preventing invasive pests from becoming established in our agricultural lands and communities. The Agricultural Commissioner regulates the commercial and private transport of plants into and out of Nevada County. It is important that commercial operations and private citizens respect California's quarantine laws to prevent the introduction of exotic pests. In addition, pest and disease information is gathered on a monthly basis by way of insect trapping and environmental monitoring for pest presence and populations. Nevada County Department of Agriculture works in close cooperation with local production, wholesale, and retail nurseries to maintain the high standards required by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for California nursery stock

Pesticide Safety & Use

Pesticide Exposure Emergency:  Call 911

The Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner's Office protects human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by supporting integrated pest management and best practices.  We work closely with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to enforce state laws and regulations pertaining to pesticide use, sales, licensing, worker safety, and pesticide user reporting.