Projects & Programs
We have many educational programs which include:
- Educating participants at 6th grade camps about noxious weeds and what students can do to reduce their impacts and spread
- Pesticide license recertification classes that are open for all to attend
- We sponsor several pesticide application equipment calibration classes each year
- We are also available to perform on-site consultations to assist you in developing a weed control plan tailored to your management goals (scheduling these consultations can be a struggle, so please contact us as soon as possible so we can add you on our calendar)
- 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
Each year we apply for and possibly receive grant funding that allows us to continue our Class A program. We also look for other 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.
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 County, 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.
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.