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Upper Burnt River Weed Control District
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Baker
 
Upper Burnt River Weed Management Area
 
 
 
Contact
Ross Shumway, Lead Contact
PO Box 5014, Bridgeport OR 97819
Phone: 541-446-3392
Email: ubrwcd@hotmail.com
 
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
 
CWMA Mission
Working cooperatively with others to promote and implement noxious weed control for better use of our natural resources, enhancement of economic values, and pride in the community. 
 
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
Baker County Weed Program
Baker County Taylor Grazing Committee 
Bureau of Land Management 
Wallowa Whitman National Forest ServiceOregon Department of Fish Wildlife 
Oregon Department of Agriculture 
OSU Extension Service 
Oregon Department of Transportation 
Burnt River Soil Water Conservation District 
USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service 
Landowners
 
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
The majority of landowners/land managers in our weed management area desire to control noxious weeds on their lands, thus the main reason for our success.  Things within the structure of our CWMA that contribute to our success is a very dedicated coordinator, committed board of directors, and a very strong calling program by the board of directors to landowners/land managers within the weed management area.  Directors have their "calling list" and folks are called on a regular basis about participating in the various programs, announcement of meetings and workshops, chemical needs, contracted chemical application, grass seed needs. etc.
 
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Our weed management area has many outreach/education tools, but we would have to say that our most valuable at this time is our outdoor display and literature rack at Unity Lake State Park.This state park is a high-use recreational area, and uncountable amounts of literature on noxious weed control has left the park.  It is nearly impossible to quantify the impact of this outreach.
 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
Our weed management area has many outreach/education tools, but we would have to say that our most valuable at this time is our outdoor display and literature rack at Unity Lake State Park.  This state park is a high-use recreational area and uncountable amounts of literature on noxious weed control has left the park.  It is nearly impossible to quantify the impact of this outreach. 
 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
The #1 most successful on the ground accomplishment is stopping the spread of whitetop, and bringing it under control from Unity Reservoir to Burnt River Canyon below Bridgeport, Oregon.
Another success is that after forming our weed management area, we provided and continue to provide education on noxious weed identification and most of the landowners/land managers have the ability to identify noxious weeds such as the knapweeds and perennial pepperweed.  As a result, they are gaining control of these noxious weeds before they get a large foothold in our area.
 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
Our highest priority for the near future is to gain control of whitetop in the remaining area (above Unity Reservoir) of our weed management area.  When we gain control in the upper portion of our watershed, it will make it easier for landowners below the reservoir to keep their whitetop under control.
 
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
The BLM and Forest Service lack the ability to use better chemicals. A few landowners, (mostly absentee owners) who see no need to control noxious weeds.
 
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