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Lonerock/Thirty Mile Weed Management Area
Affiliated Counties or Partnership
Gilliam, Morrow, Wheeler
 
Lone Rock-Thirty Mile IWMA
 
Contact
Don Farrar, Coordinator
PO Box 427,Condon OR 97823
Phone:  541-384-2167
Email:  d_dweed@email.com
 
 
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
 

CWMA Mission
To promote long-term commitment and participation between the Gilliam County Weed Department, stakeholders, and local landowners to implement the CWMA and to facilitate local input and decision making that promotes participation in the CWMA and ensures effective weed management actions.
 
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
Gilliam County Weed Department, BLM, BPA, ODOT, and Landowners
 
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
Long term commitment and participation between the county weed department and stakeholders to implement the CWMA and to facilitate local input and decision making that promotes participation in the CWMA and ensures effective weed management action by all landowners.
 
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Spotted Knapweed is the highest priority species in our area.
 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
The local landowners who continue to participate in the CWMA are our most valuable resource for providing outreach and education to other landowners.
 
The local newspaper is another valuable outreach/education tool we use to inform readers of the work being done to control noxious weeds in our county through OSWB weed grants and other programs offered.
 
Also, the Gilliam County Soil & Water Conservation District publishes a quarterly newsletter informing it's readers about the OSWB weed grant awards we receive and implement.   This newsletter features an outreach and education page on noxious weeds.
 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
Reducing the spotted knapweed populations in this watershed has been one of our most successful accomplishments.  ODA grant awards have allowed us to provide aerial herbicide spraying year after year as we move through the watershed.  With aerial spraying we can reach areas that would otherwise be impossible to treat due to the extremely rugged and steep landscape in the Lonerock Creek and Thirtymile Creek watersheds.  Along with the continued commitment of the local landowners, we are making good progress in controlling the spread of spotted knapweed and protecting the native vegetation.
 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
The highest priority on the ground projects are eliminating noxious weeds in the Lower John Day River watersheds of Gilliam County in an effort to protect the habitat for mid-Columbia steelhead.  In August 2005, NOAA designated this area as critical habitat for steelhead.  Another one of our highest priority ground projects is protecting our native rangelands from the invasion of noxious weeds.  According to the March 15, 2005 John Day Sub-Basin Draft Plan, "The single greatest threat to native rangeland biodiversity and recovery of less than healthy watersheds is the rapidly expanding invasion of noxious weeds".
  
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
Funding is the largest obstacle that prevents us from achieving our mission.
 
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