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Josephine County Cooperative Weed Management Area
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Josephine County CWMA
Robin Taylor-Davenport, Co-Lead Contact
2164 NE Spalding Ave, Grants Pass, OR 97538
Phone:  541-471-6549
Email:  robin_taylor@blm.gov
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.

CWMA Mission
The purpose of the Josephine Cooperative Weed Management Area is to promote effective control of invasive weeds in Josephine County through increased cooperation and communication of interested agencies, organizations and individuals.  The Josephine CWMA will create a forum to consider the big picture or landscape scale of invasive weeds.
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
Forestry Action Committee
Josephine County Parks
Josephine County Public Works
The Nature Conservancy
Wild Rivers Ranger District, USFS
Medford District Bureau of Land Management
Middle Rogue Watershed Council
Note: the list is open and growing.
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
We are an informal, open welcoming group structured around a declaration of cooperation.  This document states our purpose and has been signed by various levels of agencies mostly representing the people who are interested and available to do the work.  The start up efforts are being supported by the Southwest Oregon RC&D Council which relieves pressure from others to provide staff support.
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
We have developed a brochure about our organization, but our participating members are the best asset.
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
We are very new.  Information sharing and planning with other agencies and programs.  We have coordinated to conduct educational activities drawing from the pool of partners.  We have a weed pull event in the planning for June.
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
We have not formally decided this, but the species with the most urgency is Alyssum which has been planted in a managed situation and may now go into an unmanaged situation where it may spread readily and rapidly into adjacent protected areas containing T&E species.  Another high priority is the growing spread of Japanese Knotweed along the Rogue River into the Wild and Scenic Section of the river.  Educational outreach on the private section of the river is sorely needed in order for location and treatment of the species.
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
Lack of funding to support agencies and public lands management, particularly county funding outlook.
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