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Lower Willow Creek Cooperative Weed Management Area
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Gilliam and Morrow
 
Lower Willow Creek CWMA
 
Contact
Clint Carlson, Coordinator
67300 Carlson Lane, Ione, OR 97843
Phone: 541-422-7450
Email:  ccarlson@tnc.org
 
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
 
CWMA Mission
The purpose of the WMA is to achieve management of the land by helping landowners and managers limit the establishment and spread of noxious weeds within the boundaries of the area.  Strategies include coordinating management efforts across political, social and physical boundaries; educating the land owners, managers and public about noxious weeds; and pooling resources including equipment, manpower, knowledge, and financial support.
 
The goal of this Management Plan is to provide a means to effectively coordinate actions to address invasive weeds on lands within the boundaries of the WMA.  This coordination includes facilitating cooperation between land managers, land owners and other land user groups and entities; managing weeds; compiling weed infestation and monitoring data; and securing funding for projects within the WMA.
 
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
The Nature Conservancy
Portland General Electric
Threemile Canyon Farms
US Navy
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Gilliam Co. Weed Dept.
Morrow Co. Weed Dept.
Morrow Co. SWCD
BLM
BPA
Local Land owners
 
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
The landowners working together to control weeds.
 
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Rush skeletonweed, Russian knapweed, diffuse knapweed, yellow starthistle, spikeweed.
 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
Personal contact with the landowners. Develop a relationship and build trust. 
 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
We sprayed 500 acres of Russian knapweed in the Willow Creek valley in the fall of 2007.
 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
This past year our priority was to spray the Russian knapweed in the valley. This is a visible area, seen by everyone who travels Hwy 74. The landowners wanted visible results to show some success.
 
Our next priority will be to control weeds in the high traffic areas. (roadsides, trails, fence lines, gravel quarries, ect). These areas tend to be where weeds get established and then invade non weedy areas.
 
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
Funding!
 
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