Coastal Watershed Invasive Plant Partnership
Formal Collaboration Against Invasive Plant Species Begins
New group takes root in New
Hampshire coastal watershed
20, 2008) – Eleven state and
federal agencies and nonprofit conservation groups announced today the Coastal
Watershed Invasive Plant Partnership (CWIPP). The partnership’s goal is to
cooperate on assessing the extent and controlling invasive species in New
Hampshire’s coastal watershed, an area spanning 42 towns in Strafford and
With the signing of the official
agreement, a strong alliance has been formed to stop the spread of invasive
plants in New Hampshire's Seacoast region.
Invasive plant species are
non-native plants that aggressively out-compete native species and degrade the
quality of our lands and waters.
“By cooperating on invasive plant
species management, this partnership is helping to protect and restore the
ecological integrity of New Hampshire’s coastal watershed,” said Tom Burack,
commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
Native plants are being strangled,
choked, shaded-out, or toppled by invasive shrubs, vines and trees. Invasive
plants know no boundaries. They span landscapes and properties, making
collaboration essential. In addition to the signing members, organizations,
landowners, and municipalities will participate in CWIPP, bringing together
resources and expertise to complete invasive species management projects and
restore native habitats.
CWIPP is based on the model of a
cooperative weed management area, an organizational structure popular in the
western U.S., incorporating the following: defined geographic area; involvement
and representation from all stakeholders; governed by a steering committee;
committed to cooperation; and guided by a comprehensive management plan.
Several similarly modeled invasive
plant species partnerships have formed throughout New England, but this is the
first time such a partnership will be formalized through a partnership
agreement. Signatories to the agreement commit to work together on invasive
plant species management for five years.
A copy of the partnership
agreement is posted with this press release at
www.des.nh.gov/press.asp or is available