Projects & Programs
• Education We have many educational programs which includes educating participants at 6th grade camps about noxious weeds and what they can do to reduce impacts and spread, we put on pesticide recertification classes that are open to everyone, and we also have begun to do several calibration classes each year. Education is a huge part of our program and if you would like us to speak to your organization or group, just give us a call to schedule. We are always happy to discuss noxious weed control!
We are also available to perform on-site consultations to assist you in developing a weed control plan. Scheduling these consultations can be a struggle, so please contact us as soon as possible so that we can put you on our calendar.
• Control Each year we apply for and possibly receive grant funding that allows us to continue our Class A and New Invader Control programs. We have also received funding that allows us to assist landowners in controlling other noxious weeds—even those that are not mandatory control. To find out about control projects in a given year, or to suggest project areas, just give us a call.
• Partnerships Forming partnerships to control
weeds across jurisdictional boundaries has provided Okanogan County
with three highly effective Coordinated Weed Management Areas (CWMA).
Our County wide CWMA is between the State and Federal agencies with land in Okanogan County. This partnership has allowed us to apply for and receive grant dollars to assist in on-the-ground weed control efforts across property lines. It has opened more effective lines of communication as well as providing county wide mapping data.
We also have our Weeds Cross Borders CWMA, which is a nationally recognized effort to establish communications and collaborative control efforts on both sides of the US/Canadian Border. This international CWMA has provided a unique opportunity to address species that may be a high priority on one side of the border, but not on the other. It has allowed two countries with differing laws and restrictions to assist each other in controlling priority species.
Our newest CWMA deals with aquatic vegetation, with a priority on Eurasian watermilfoil. The official title is the “International Control of Invasive Aquatic Vegetation for the Upper Columbia River System Cooperative Weed Management Area” (CWMA) This is a partnership with several state and federal agencies that have a stake in Eurasian watermilfoil, or other aquatic weeds, control or Water Quality programs. It also encompasses an eight county radius and includes two weed districts in Canada. The purpose of this CWMA is to develop an integrated approach to invasive aquatic vegetation prevention and control in the Upper Columbia River System Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) through the development of scientific research, education, training and awareness raising at all levels, the development of appropriate coordinated policies and practices, the networking of scientists in the region, and the transfer of information and knowledge by establishing region-wide coordination.