New incentive to root out invasive weeds

The Associated Press /

Published Jul 6, 2014 at 12:01AM

ECHO — This small city in Umatilla County is taking a new approach to weed control: It’s offering a bounty to anyone who brings in bags of the weed known as puncture vine.

The city says it will pay a dollar for a plastic grocery sack full of the weed. Residents can turn in a 5-gallon bucket full of the weed to City Hall for $5.

Puncture vine, also known as devil’s weed or goathead, has yellow flowers that turn into spiky burrs. The weed infests pastures, fields, ditches and roadsides where it forms dense mats. It’s also painful to step on.

Bounties in Echo will be paid out until the program’s $350 budget is exhausted.