Noxious weed invasions threaten forested lands and can spread to other areas if left untreated. The Forestry Division partners with Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA) to increase local capacity to manage and prevent invasions of noxious weeds. CWMA’s consist of cooperators including Soil and Water Conservation Districts, local, state, and federal agencies. The Forestry Division works closely with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) to support the efforts of CWMA’s across the state.
The Forestry Division provides grants to the highest priority projects that apply integrated management practices and demonstrate partnerships and monitoring results. To qualify for a grant, projects must address the eradication of plant species on the New Mexico noxious weed list. The Requests for Proposals (RFP) for this funding is released in the fall and projects are selected by late October.
Projects typically include several cooperating landowners, including private, state, and federal lands and include the following components:
- Prevention and early detection
- Inventory and mapping
- Planning and coordination
- Integrated weed management
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Public awareness and education
**This program is directed to individuals and organizations involved with a CWMA.