The BWSR Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) Program was initiated in 2008 to support the development of new CWMAs and support existing CWMAs. Cooperative Weed Management Areas are partnerships of federal, state and local government agencies along with tribes, individual landowners and various other interested groups that manage noxious weeds or invasive plants in a defined area. Information about setting up a CWMA can be found in the “CWMA Cookbook: A Recipe for Success” at http://www.mipn.org/cwma_resources.html.
CWMA FY16-17 Technical Assistance Option Request (posted March 17, 2016) - This policy allows for flexibility with technical assistance funding amounts for the program.
As this is a State Cost-Share Program, SWCDs are the eligible grant applicants for this program grant. Other organizations may consider applying in partnership with SWCDs to help develop and run the Cooperative Weed Management Area.
Goals of this program include:
- Developing and sustaining strong partnerships between landowners, government units and other interested partners to manage invasive species across geographic boundaries.
- Controlling emerging weed threats and managing invasive species that threaten natural areas and conservation lands.
- Facilitating the removal of invasive plant species through an integrated pest management approach, and the restoration/reconstruction of native plant communities through an ecosystem approach.
Minnesota Cooperative Weed Management Areas
- CWMA Program Fact Sheet
- Summary of Minnesota Cooperative Weed Management Areas (posted May 2014)
- CWMA Practice Standard (613) - This is the primary practice standard for the program.
- Invasive Terrestrial Plant Resources
For additional questions email or call:
Dan Shaw, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Phone No: 651-296-0644