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We Stop the Threat of Noxious Weeds

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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 more than 17,980 acres in Oregon and Washington.

Weeds Threaten Rugged Country

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 Together

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 more than 1,500 prioritized acres, adding $300,000-$500,000 to the local economy through salaries, contracts, and supplies.

Many Methods

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). 

YOU Can Stop the Threat

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.

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