|Affiliated Counties or Partnership
Grace Haskins, Coordinator
PO Box 567 Lakeview, OR 97630
The following questions were answered by
cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
The Lake County Cooperative Weed Management Area operates an a 501(c)3
non-profit organization. The Lake County
CWMA mission is to provide a link between landowners and agencies, and work
towards cooperative noxious weed control efforts across the many jurisdictions
of Lake County. The Lake County
CWMA promotes noxious weed awareness through public/ landowner educations and
youth education. The Lake County CWMA
is known for planning and facilitating many successful large scales on the
ground noxious weed control projects across Lake County.
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
USDA Forest Service (Fremont- Winema National Forest), Bureau of Land
Management Lakeview Resource Area, Oregon State University Extension, Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of State Lands, Oregon Department
of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Department of Transportation,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Hart Mountain Antelope Refute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, Lakeview Soil and Water Conservation District, Fort
Rock/Silver Lake Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake County Umbrella Watershed
Councils, Collins Timber Company LLC, Harvey Ranch, Pete Talbott, Withers
Ranch, Paul Bowers and Lake County Board of Commissioners.
What makes the structure of your CWMA
The Lake County CWMA has a group of active members that have been working
together to make the Lake County CWMA successful for almost ten years. Lake County is a county that is still highly
driven on natural resources; therefore it is very important for the land
mangers to protect their natural resources.
What is the highest priority species in your
Yellow Starthistle, Spotted Knapweed, Perennial Pepperweed, Hoary Cress, and
Describe your most valuable
The Lake County CWMA provides a wide variety of educational across the entire
county. The Lake County CWMA began a
mandatory landowner education for those participating in their cost-share and
herbicide assistance programs. These
educations were very well accepted by all of the landowners and this program
has give all of the participating landowners the tools and knowledge to not
only control noxious weeds, but to control them correctly.
The Lake County CWMA does several different community
education programs including a “Weed Corner” in the local newspaper, a
educational booth at the Lake County Fair, hosts project tours and “Noxious
Weed Wipe Outs.”
The Lake County CWMA also steps into the class room to
educate Lake County’s youth using the weed curriculum.
What are some of your most successful on the
The Lake County CWMA has had a very great success story of receiving OSWB grant
funds to get large scale noxious weed control project accomplished across Lake
County. The Warner Valley Cooperative
Noxious Weed Control project has been a great example of persistence and
keeping landowners motivated. The Lake
County CWMA began working with a group of approximately 30 private landowners
and all of the State and Federal agencies across the Warner Basin to control
perennial pepperweed, hoary cress, Scotch thistle, and Russian knapweed. As of 2012, the Lake County CWMA has
coordinated 6,751 acres of noxious weed control across the Warner Valley
through aerial and ground application. The
goal is to follow up these treatments with an additional 2,000 acres in 2013.
List your highest priority on the ground
projects and why they are high priority.
Lake County is known for extremely productive wetland habitat used by the
Pacific Flyway waterbird populations.
The Warner Basin, Goose Lake Valley, Chewaucan Mashes, Summer Lake Basin
and Pulina Marsh are areas of key importance her in the Intermountain
West. Migration staging habitat is
probably of greatest importance. Fall
migration waterbirds from the arctic and boreal habitats across North America
and Russia stop to replenish energy reserves in route to wintering areas in
California and further south into Central America.
Wetland habitats and surrounding uplands are also very
important to locally breeding waterbirds.
A short list of significant spices would be: Canada geese, mallard,
gadwall, cinnamon teal, redhead, secretive march birds, American coots,
sandhill cranes, raptors, and several shorebirds species. Over the past few years wildlife biologist
have also noticed the importance of the Lake County flood irrigated agriculture
fields for the waterbirds.
These wetlands and flood irrigated meadows are
very susceptible to noxious weeds due to the large amount of water that floods
across the basins. The noxious weeds
that invade are perennial pepperweed, hoary cress, Russian knapweed, and scotch
thistle. The Lake County CWMA works very
hard to keep these meadows productive by coordinating mass weed control
projects across the basins.
What would you say is your CWMA's largest
obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
Secured year to year funding is the biggest obstacle for the Lake County
CWMA. The Lake County CWMA has been very
fortunate with receiving funding for on the ground projects, however the
ability build capacity has become an issue.
Another obstacle the Lake County CWMA has to deal with is the lack of
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