Tansy Ragwort (senecia jacobaea) is a noxious weed which can be lethal to cattle, horses, and sheep. Each plant can grow to as tall as 6 or 7 feet, and in spring and early summer, Tansy is easily identified by its bright yellow flowers. Though Tansy is poisonous, animals are known to acquire a taste for it, nibbling a little and then searching for more. After the leaves have browned, they loose their bitter taste, and animals will eat these with even less hesitation.
Del Norte County Ordinance Number 77-48, the 'Tansy Control Ordinance,' essentially requires people to remove Tansy Ragwort from their property. For more information regarding identification and/or removal of Tansy, or for enforcement of this ordinance, you can direct people to call the County Agriculture Department at 464-7235.
Tansy Ragwort can be brought to the Crescent City transfer station for free.
Before bringing Tansy Ragwort to the Del Norte County Transfer Station, please do all of the following to reduce the spread of this noxious weed:
- Clip all flowers or seed heads (if any) and place them in a plastic bag.
- Bag, tarp, or wrap all tansy plants to prevent the spread of seeds and leaves during transport.
- When you arrive at the Del Norte County Transfer Station, tell the gate attendant that you have Tansy. They will tell you where to unload.
The gate attendant will waive the fees for the tansy ragwort you deliver to the Del Norte County Transfer Station only if the tansy is not mixed with any other waste material.
There is a trash charge for other invasive species such as English ivy, scotch broom, or pampas grass.
If the Tansy is mixed with other trash, it will be charged at the regular trash rate.
If you have any questions about disposal of Tansy, call the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority at 465-1100.