§19-12D-2. Declaration of purpose; legislative findings.
The purpose of this article is to provide for the
suppression or control of noxious weeds which have proven to be
or which scientific evidence indicates may become detrimental
factors affecting the public health or economy of the state. The
Legislature finds that certain plant species may spread to the
extent they become detrimental to agricultural crops, other
desirable plants, livestock, waterways, land, public health
and/or the general economy and that certain noxious weeds, not
yet known to occur in West Virginia, may be inadvertently
introduced and that procedures for locating and eliminating such
infestations need to be established. Therefore, it is deemed
necessary, in the public interest, to provide authority for the
surveillance of, suppression and control of noxious weeds.