Aitkin County SWCD is starting a Gravel Pit Noxious Weed Certification program for 2020 and 2021. All active private gravel pits are offered this service free of charge. It consists of a site review by the County Ag Inspector and a management program for any discovered state designated noxious weeds.
The goal of the Gravel Pit Certification Program is to certify gravel with a reduced seed bank, to reduce maintenance costs and the spread of Minnesota noxious weeds throughout the county. The most common noxious weeds that infest gravel pits in Aitkin County are Common Tansy, Spotted Knapweed and Canada Thistle.
Active gravel pits/owners in the program working toward reducing seed banks in Aitkin County gravel are:
Allen Ammala Excavating
Park X LLC
Johnson Sewer & Excavating INC
Carlson Gravel Pit
Hawkinson Construction Co INC
Nelson Lakeside Farm
Help with noxious weed identification can be found here: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants-insects/minnesota-noxious-weed-list
For more information, please contact: Aitkin County SWCD