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Sixes Cooperative Weed Management Area
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Curry
 
Sixes CWMA
 
Contact
Lisa Ward, Coordinator
PO Box 666, Gold Beach, OR 97444
Phone: 541-247-2755
Email: lisa.ward@currywatersheds.org
 
 
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.

 
CWMA Mission
Our mission is to concentrate available resources and capital on the noxious weed problem in the Sixes River Watershed in hopes of preventing, containing, reducing and in some cases eradicating noxious weeds.
 
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
Curry SWCD
Oregon Department of Agriculture
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Plum Creek Timber
BLM - Coos Bay District
US Forest Service
BPA
Oregon State Parks
Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative
Curry County Road Department
Private Landowners
 
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
The Curry SWCD mediates between private landowner concerns and the federal/state agencies which can help address those concerns.  By streamlining communication between individuals and agencies involved with weed management in the watershed.
 
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Gorse
 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
Our most valuable outreach tool is our cost/share program for noxious weed management projects. This tool has brought forth a number of private landowners who otherwise would not have become involved with noxious weed control efforts.
 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
Huge headway has been made eradicating knotweed from the watershed.  Thanks to monies allocated by the ODA State Weed Board, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and BLM, five years of knotweed treatment has already taken place. In 2007 all noxious weeds within the Sixes River mainstem corridor were mapped and posted to the county GIS website.  In 2007 all gorse within the mainstem corridor was treated.
 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
Keeping new gorse out of the watershed and eradicating knotweed from the watershed are our two highest priority on the ground project.  Gorse - if left unmanaged - compromises sensitive riparian habitat and renders pastureland virtually unusable.  Knotweed is an extremely pernicious weed that is capable of redefining our riparian zones, with devastating consequences for native flora and fauna.  Management of these two weeds will entail long term benefits for the future ecology and economy of the Sixes River Watershed.   
 
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
BPA transmission lines and Highway 101 serve as the primary vectors for gorse movement into the Sixes River Watershed from the 10,000 acre Elk River Watershed gorse infestation.  Developing an effective management plan for these vectors poses a serious challenge and serves as the largest obstacle in the way of achieving our mission.
 
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