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Upper Columbia RC&D Council Noxious Weed Treatment Project

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Upper Columbia RC&D Council Noxious Weed Treatment Project

Upper Columbia RC&D Council brings partners together to control noxious weeds.

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Spokane County

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This project was designed to create a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA), bring partners together using the CRM process, inventory and identify the areas infested by noxious weeds, develop a strategic plan of action, and implement the plan as an organized group instead of numerous individual efforts that may impact each other.

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Upper Columbia RC&D Council, Channeled Scablands Cooperative Weed Management Area, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, private landowners, Spokane County Noxious Weed Board, USDA-APHIS, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Extension Service, Spokane County Conservation District, Eastern Washington University, Whitman County Weed Board, Lincoln County Weed Board, Washington State Conservation Commission, Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District and USDA-NRCS.

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Noxious weeds were becoming an increasing problem on both public and private lands around the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. This provided an opportunity to create an organized effort to identify the noxious weed locations, prioritize efforts, and treat the problem from an organized front. This would not only provide the best chance of success, but would go a long ways towards strengthening the relationship among neighbors through working together to solve a common problem. Working across landownership boundaries was one of the biggest roadblocks in the past.

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Through funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Channeled Scablands CWMA completed a thorough weed inventory, developed a prioritized strategic plan, and began implementation of the plan. The Upper Columbia RC&D Council offered a cost-share program to help private landowners pay for noxious weed treatments. Spokane County Noxious Weed Board staff worked with applicants to develop a weed management plans on 780 acres and followed up to ensure success. Eastern Washington University and Turnbull National Wildlife refuge began conducting trials on test plots to develop alternative treatment options. USDA-APHIS provided technical assistance on biological controls and identified potential sites for treatment. The Spokane County Conservation District managed a grant from the Washington State Conservation Commission to complete the inventory and document results and the USDA-NRCS and Washington State Conservation Commission provided staff to facilitated the process. In addition, the Upper Columbia RC&D Council has purchased a small drill to pull behind an ATV in order to rehabilitate heavily infested areas that are treated for noxious weeds, but too fragile to put heavier equipment on for re-vegetation.

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The CRM process must be given credit for making a very worthwhile effort successful. Without it, all of the partners would not have come together, shared the common vision and worked as one.

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A comprehensive weed inventory was completed for the target area, a strategic plan was developed, treatment of 780 acres to control Toad Flax, Knapweed and Skeleton Weed was completed, and a small drill was acquired to re-vegetate small sensitive areas. In addition, the project has received additional funding and will be extended through 2014.

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Terry Mansfield, Channeled Scablands CWMA, Cheney (509) 235 6540

NRCS, Fall 2009