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Juntura Cooperative Weed Management Area
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Malheur 
 Juntura CWMA
 
Contact
Gary Page, Lead Contact
251 B St. West #8, Vale, OR 97918
Phone:  541-473-5102
Email:  gary.page@malheurco.org
 
 
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
 

CWMA Mission
Natural resource protection and enhancement on the South & North Forks of the Malheur River.
 
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
US Bureau of Reclamation
US Bureau of Land Management, Vale District
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Malheur & Harney Districts
Oregon Department of Transportation, Juntura Maintenance Section
Juntura Rural Road District
Burns Piute Tribe
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Oregon Department of State Lands, Eastern Region
There are 10 participating ranches ranging from a few thousand acres to nearly 100 thousand acres. There are also about 5 other small landowners that are active as well.
 
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
Certainly there are many factors that have made this CWMA successful. We have found that even though we may have many people and agencies involved in the CWMA, there are always just a couple of people or sometimes one person who is a key individual. That one or two persons are instrumental in making things happen and they usually provide the spark that energizes the group. The Malheur CWMA has been fortunate to have several of those individuals. It has been these several individuals who have influenced their neighbors and the community to take proactive measures to maintain the relatively low weed pressure enjoyed in this isolated area of Oregon.
 
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium)
 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
In this large sparsely populated geographic area it is difficult to reach people. There are few available media sources that can be easily or affordably accessed, so we have found that community meetings and spray day events have been the most effective means of outreach and education. Of course each one has to be contacted in some manner and usually a couple of individuals will call or make visits to make sure everyone is included. The group has been very effective using peer pressure to motivate some of the stragglers.
 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
The main emphasis of the Juntura CWMA has been to reverse the rate of expansion of Perennial pepperweed, especially along the river and stream corridors. Reductions by half have been accomplished over the 4 years of the project.
 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
The seemingly sudden proliferation of Perennial pepperweed on the south fork Malheur River and tributaries caused several landowners high anxiety. Many noticed a deterioration of the river and stream banks and that was one factor in the decision to make this weed the highest priority project. The obvious loss of native Thickspike and Streambank grasses was also alarming to many folks.
 
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
The remoteness of the area has made it logistically difficult to make supplies and equipment available. This "middle of nowhere" aspect, which is enjoyed by most of the members, is an obstacle in several ways. Like all people these days these folks are very busy trying to make a living off the land, so trying to coordinate meetings and project events has also proved to be an obstacle, however not insurmountable.
 
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