Goals of the Cooperative Weed Management Area 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.
CWMA FY16-17 Technical Assistance Option Request Word document (docx) (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.
Minnesota Cooperative Weed Management Areas
- CWMA Program Fact Sheet
- Summary of Minnesota Cooperative Weed Management Areas (pdf) (updated May 2021)
- CWMA Practice Standard (613) (pdf) - This is the primary practice standard for the program.
- Invasive Terrestrial Plant Resources (pdf)
- BWSR Grant Profile: Cooperative Weed Management webpage
- BWSR What's Working for Conservation, Invasive Species Control Running CWMA's
Invasive species management efforts play a key role in maintaining the integrity of natural areas and conservation lands. This webpage lists key resources related to invasive species management in Minnesota as well as information about BWSR’s Cooperative Weed Management Area Program. The diagram below shows how partnerships in Minnesota play a key role in invasive species management.
Additional Invasive Species Information
- BWSR Invasive Plants Webpage
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Invasive Species Webpage
- Minnesota Noxious Weeds
- Midwest Invasive Plant Network
- Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
If you have questions regarding grant program policies, please contact your board conservationist.