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Cox Creek Cooperative Weed Management Area
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Douglas
 
Cox Creek CWMA
 
Contact
Glen Brady, Coordinator
2741 W Harvard Avenue, Roseburg, OR 97471
Phone: 541-957-5061
Email: glen.brady@oacd.org
 
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
 
CWMA Mission
From the Memorandum of Understanding: "All parties to the MOU agree that it is to their mutual interest and benefit to work cooperatively in inventorying, controlling, monitoring, and preventing the establishment and spread of invasive weeds (integrated invasive weed management) across jurisdictional and ownership boundaries within the Cox Creek Cooperative Weed Management Area (Cox Creek CWMA).  All parties also agree it is to their mutual benefit to work cooperatively to educate, train, and share technology and information with agency and general public personnel about invasive weeds, and to work cooperatively to make best use of available funds to manage the invasive weed problems within the Cox Creek CWMA.

List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
Peter W. & K.S. Kingzett Trust, Roy E. & Mary M. Cox Trust, Louise G. Brunswick Trust, Sehlin Land & Logging LLC, William Sehlin, Lone Rock Timber Co., Paul M. & Phyllis A Goebel, USDI-BLM Roseburg, Weyerhaeuser Company, Fruit Growers Supply Company, David Edward Miller, Rocking C Ranch LLC, Richard W. & Arlene Y. Gordon, Robert Earl Ragon, Robert Mark Grove, Sherry Leigh Redd, Joe G. & Kittie Coons, Bonneville Power Administration, Dorothy McClelland Life Estate, Douglas County Public Works Department, Gerald W. & Janessa L. Ladd, Douglas Soil & Water Conservation District, Dale & Jeannette McLeod. There are 15 other landowners that participate in control work but have chosen to not sign the MOU.
 
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
Landowners serve as cooperators and Douglas SWCD manages invasive weed treatment work on each of their properties.  The industrial forest landowners conduct their own site preparation and conifer release work along with the work the SWCD conducts.  Each landowner pays for the cost of herbicides used by the SWCD.
 
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Portuguese broom.
 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
Douglas SWCD produces a quarterly newsletter.  Through articles about our Weed Program we are able to reach approximately 5,000 landowners. 

We have developed a brochure titled Invasive Weeds of Douglas County that provides information about 13 of the most important invasive weeds in Douglas County.  We participate in a number of public events where weeds are important and that gives us an opportunity to educate folks about them. 
 
Lastly we do site visits to properties where people have weed concerns and are able to educate as well as help them with their weed problem.
 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
We started this project in 2002 with active help from Weyerhaeuser, BLM, and Fruit Growers.  That participation encouraged other landowners in the area to come on board. 
 
Our goal was to eliminate all seed producing Portuguese and Scotch broom within the approximate 6,600 acre CWMA.  We accomplished most of that goal by 2005.  We caught some stragglers during the 2006 and 2007 treatment season.  We are now monitoring the area for new seedlings and small areas that may have been missed in past treatments.  Every area with previously treated plants is examined for new plants every one to two years due to the continued sprouting of the brooms from an established seed bank.
 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
Control of Portuguese broom and other high priority invasive species.  They are a priority because they crowd out native species that are important to fish and wildlife.
 
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
Funding to accomplish the work.  So far we have been able to find enough funding to complete treatment work each season, but changes in the economy and federal policies are soon to change that.
 
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