A noxious weed is a plant that has been indentified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public of the environment. The law stipulates that property owners whose land is infested with noxious weeds are required to implement control measures. Noxious Weeds can spread rapidly and compete aggressively with other plants for life, nutrients and water. Once noxious weeds inhabit a site, they often reproduce profusely, creating dense stands with extensive roots and soil seedbanks that can persist for many years. Impacts of noxious weeds in Nevada can include: increased soil erosion and salinity, increased flood potential, decreased water quality, decreased forage and crop yield, displaced wildlife and native plants, reduced recreation potential, reduced aesthetic value, injury to humans and animals, and increased fire danger.