What is a Cooperative Weed Management Area?
Cooperative Weed Management Areas, or CWMAs, are partnerships of federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and other interested groups that manage noxious weeds or invasive plants in a specific area.
CWMAs may have different names in different parts of the country, for example, Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs), Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas(CISMAs), or Invasive Species Teams or Partnerships. Many of these groups deal with both invasive plants and animals. They can be organized in a variety of ways, but they generally share six basic characteristics:
- They operate within a defined geographic area, distinguished by a common geography, weedproblem, community, climate, political boundary, or land use.
- They involve a broad cross-section of landowners and natural resource managers within the CWMA boundaries.
- They are governed by a steering committee.
- They have a long-term commitment to cooperation, usually through a formal agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) among partners.
- They have a comprehensive plan that addresses the management of invasive species within their boundaries.
- They facilitate cooperation and coordination across jurisdictional boundaries.
CWMAs include local citizens, city, county, state, tribal and federal leaders, and both nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations to more effectively control invasive plants across property lines. Some CWMAs have been started by government agencies taking a larger, region-wide approach to invasive plant management, while others have been formed by concerned citizens partnering with agencies, organizations, and corporations that can provide additional resources. No matter where the impetus comes from to start a CWMA, the goal is the same: to work together with all interested parties in the area for more effective invasive plant management.
We are fortunate in the Upper Peninsula that each of our 15 counties is covered by one of five CWMAs. The UP RC&D Council is a member of all five of these CWMAs and we are working with all of them to try to secure additional financial support which will help them solve their priority invasive species issues. Each of these CWMAs has received funding and critical support from the Ottawa National Forest, the Hiawatha National Forest, or the Chequamenon-Nicolet National Forest. One of our CWMAs is unique in that it serves two counties in Michigan and three counties in Wisconsin (WRISC). Certainly invasive species don't recognize state borders, and neither does WRISC! Each of these CWMAs has it's own website, so check them out at the links below.
Contact Information - Upper Peninsula Cooperative Species Management Areas
WePIC – Western Peninsula Invasives Coalition
Area: Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties & Ottawa National Forest
Website: www.wepic.org (may also be found on Facebook)
Contact Person: Jennifer Ricker, Coordinator
Iron Conservation District
2 South Sixth Street, Ste 15
Crystal Falls, MI 49920
KISMA – Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area
Area: Houghton, Keweenaw, & Baraga Counties & Ottawa National Forest
Contact Person: Meral Jackson, Coordinator
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
711 W. Lakeshore Drive, Unit A
Houghton, MI 49931
WRISC – Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition
Area: Dickinson & Menominee Counties, MI, Florence, Forest & Marinette Counties, WI and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Contact Person: Emily Anderson, Project Manager
Dickinson Conservation District
102 North Hooper Street
Kingsford, MI 49802
906‐774‐1550, Ext. 104
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CUPCWMA – Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area
Area: Alger, Delta, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties & Hiawatha National Forest
Website: www.cupcwma.org (may also be found on Facebook)
Contact Person: Abbie Debiak, Coordinator
Superior Watershed Partnership
2 Peter White Drive, Presque Isle Park
Marquette, MI 49855
906‐228‐6095, Ext. 18
EUPCWMA – Eastern Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area
Area: Chippewa, Mackinac and Luce Counties & Hiawatha National Forest
Contact Person: Nick Cassel, Coordinator
Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District
2847 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49738
firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristina.email@example.com