Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership Members• Wallowa Resources • Private Landowners • Wallowa County • Bureau of Land Management • United States Forest Service • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife • The Nature Conservancy • Tri-county • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife • Oregon Department of Agriculture • Asotin County • Nez Perce Tribe
Weeds threaten the vitality of working lands by increasing erosion, reducing food availability to wildlife and livestock, and altering natural processes such as fire. By working across state lines, the Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership (WCP) has treated over 15,000 acres in Oregon and Washington.
Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership is a cooperative weed management area that includes the canyon grasslands of the Snake, Imnaha, and Lower Grande Ronde River watersheds. We focus on river corridors because they spread seeds easily. Because this country is rugged and steep, we hire local contractors who access the terrain via foot, horse, river raft, and helicopter.
Working across fence lines and learning from one another is the only way to stop this invasion. WCP brings together individuals, agencies, and organizations to manage weeds. We set priorities, create maps, monitor treatment, and implement on-the-ground weed control. Every year, we treat over 1,500 acres and put local contractors to work, contributing on average $225,000 per year into the local economy.
Weeds have extensive root systems that can sprout even after their tops are destroyed. Some weed seeds remain viable for many years. Consequently, we employ different techniques depending on the situation, which is called integrated weed management. We control weeds physically (pulling or chopping), chemically, (spraying), and/or biologically (releasing a plant's native insect predator).
We need your help! Learn how to identify the top ten noxious weeds threatening Wallowa County and stop their growth on your property. You can also help the WCP by becoming a Weed Bounty Hunter and reporting new weed sites. You can earn up to $200 for reporting a new site. To become a Weed Bounty Hunter, contact us.