Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board

Noxious Weed Control Board meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of each month (change to this schedule is announced in The Daily News and on our website). Meetings are conducted on the 2nd floor of the Administration Annex Building: 207 Fourth Avenue North; Kelso, WA 98626 (SEE MAP). Due to the mandated social distancing requirements in place during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the public meetings may be held solely over video and teleconference. Please check back prior to each month's meeting to confirm.

Meeting Documents are available here.

Board members serve a 4-year non-paying term position, appointed by the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners. Board members also must live in the district in which they represent. 


District #1 Board Chairman
John Gross
303 Painter Roth Road
Kelso, WA 98626
Tel. 360-425-0083

Initial Appointment Date: June 25, 2013
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2021
John Gross
District #2 Board Vice Chairman
Joe Godinho
70 PH 10
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Tel. 360-274-0275

Initial Appointment Date: March 27, 2000
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2024

Joe Godihno
District #3 Board member
Dixie Edwards
2039 44th Ave
Longview, WA 98632
Tel. 360-425-1885

Initial Appointment Date: June 5, 2019
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2023

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District #4 Board Member
Betty Engleman

3601 Mt Pleasant Rd
Kelso, WA 98626

Tel. 360-425-7798

Initial Appointment Date: September 28, 2021
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2025

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District #5 Board Member
Ben Thomas Jr.
261 Hansen Rd
Woodland, WA 98674
Tel. 360-609-7121

Initial Appointment Date: April 26, 2022
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2026

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  1. Jennifer Mendoza

    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 360-577-3117 ext. 1

  2. Noxious Weeds Office Assistant

    Administrative Assistant/Accounts Payable
    Phone: 360-577-3117 ext. 2

  3. Kara Hauge

    Field Inspector, North Zone
    Phone: 360-577-3117 ext. 3

  4. Grant Projects

    Field Technicians

  5. Noxious Weeds

    Physical Address
    207 4th Ave. N.
    Annex Building, First Floor
    Kelso, WA 98626

    TTY / VCO

    711 or 800-833-6384

    Washington Relay

    Office Hours
    Monday - Thursday

    9 a.m. - 12 noon

    1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

    **Friday by appointment only