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Mid Willamette Cooperative Weed Management Area
Affiliated Counties or Partnership
Marion, Yamhill, Polk
Western Invasives Network
 
Mid-Willamette CWMA
 
Contact
Tanya Beard, Lead Contact
5155 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305
Phone: 503-365-3149
Email:  tbeard@co.marion.or.us
 
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
 
CWMA Mission
The Mid Willamette Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) exists to create and support collaborative weed management among land managers and owners within its area.  It promotes weed education/outreach, weed inventory and prevention, and weed control activities.
 
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District; Marion Soil and Water Conservation District; Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District; Marion County Department of Public Works; Glenn/Gibson Creeks Watershed Council; Luckiamute Watershed Council; Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development, Inc; Willamette National Forest; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon Department of Forestry; Bureau of Land Management, Salem District; U.S. Corps of Engineers, Willamette Valley Projects, Fern Ridge; Silver Falls State Park; Oregon Department of Agriculture
 
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
This CWMA structure is unique in that the cooperators utilize the group mostly as a sounding board and information relay. Because of the geographic and political dividing lines between members, on-the-ground partnership occurs, but at somewhat irregular intervals. Despite these perceived barriers, the group is cemented by the common bond of desire to defeat invasive plant species that defy the boundaries members acknowledge. That is, partners most frequently operate independently, but not in a vacuum. For this group, this approach has been effective.
 
What is the highest priority species in your area?
At this time, Garlic mustard would probably be considered the highest priority.
 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
Written documents have proven most valuable for us. We have been privileged enough to take advantage of the articles included in the Statesman Journal newspaper on invasive species to buoy our cause(s).
 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
The successes vary by organization, but as a whole, this CWMA has managed to provide a solid information-share allowing each entity involved to move into projects or make proposals with the assistance of well-defined experience.
 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
Most partners in this CWMA are attempting to improve habitat, be it riparian or oak woodland or savanna.
 
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
Again, for this CWMA, it is probably the geographic and political dividing lines between the partners.
 
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