Managing noxious and invasive weeds can be an intimidating task. Weeds ignore political and property boundaries, and when left unchecked can spread from neighbor to neighbor and onto our public lands. The complex mosaic of public and private land ownership in the Rogue Basin requires collaboration and strong partnerships. Here in the Rogue, we are fortunate to have strong partnerships in place to facilitate effective weed control. Below are a few of the i partnerships working to control invasive weeds across the basin. Thanks to all our partners for your support and on-going dedication to reduce the negative impacts from invasive weeds.
Our partners include the BLM, USFS, The Nature Conservancy, Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District, Illinois Valley Soil & Water Conservation District, Jackson County, City of Grants Pass, Rogue River Watershed Council, Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council, The Freshwater Trust, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Oregon State University Extension Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation, Army Corps of Engineers, Cultural & Ecological Enhancement Network, Strauss Ecological Services, Silver Fox Lake & Pond Management, and MSM Forest Management.
Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs)
Cooperative Weed Management Areas are locally-based partnerships of federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and various interested groups that manage noxious weeds or invasive plants in a defined area. CWMA partners educate landowners and the general public about managing and preventing the spread of invasive weeds through tours, mailings, and volunteer activities such as Let’s Pull Together. CWMA partners meet regularly to coordinate on-going weed management efforts. We currently have two active CWMAs in the Rogue Basin.
The Jackson County CWMA is a network of individuals, agencies and organizations concerned with rural and urban invasive weed issues in Jackson County, Oregon. The Cooperative Weed Management Area has come together to increase communication and cooperation, and to facilitate efforts across all landownership types to effectively control weeds in Jackson County.
The Josephine County CWMA is a network of individuals, agencies and organizations concerned with rural and urban invasive weed issues in Josephine County, Oregon. The Cooperative Weed Management Area has come together to increase communication and cooperation, and to facilitate efforts across all landownership types to effectively control weeds in Josephine County.
Rogue Basin Partnership
The mission of the Rogue Basin Partnership (RBP) is to unite people in restoring the Rogue River by strategically investing in stewardship of the 3.3-million-acre basin. RBP has served as the coordinator for both CWMAs since 2010. To learn more about RBP, visit roguepartners.org.
Let’s Pull Together
Let’s Pull Together is a multi-county noxious weed eradication event consisting of partnerships and incredible volunteers all joining together for good times and clean country (city) living. Helping control noxious weeds is something every weekend gardener and concerned citizen can do to become more involved.
Every year our CWMA’s host Let’s Pull Together events in both Jackson and Josephine Counties.