The CWMA is a loose consortium of public, private, tribal and non-profit organizations who have individual noxious weed control responsibilities on lands within the Hood Canal Watershed.
The purpose of the CWMA is to develop a framework of cooperation to address the effects of noxious and invasive weeds across jurisdictional boundaries.
Together we prevent, inventory, eradicate, and control noxious and invasive weeds in riparian ecosystems, forestry sites, and agricultural lands around the Hood Canal
We use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy to manage noxious and invasive weeds. IPM is a system of managing noxious weeds considering a combination of methods including cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical methods of control. IPM improves efficiency and cost effectiveness in noxious weed control by using the most appropriate and effective control methods for the particular site.
Once control efforts have been completed, the CWMA emphasizes replanting with native plant species to “fill the void” and prevent future infestation of novel species. Where appropriate, we prioritize replanting conifer tree species, which are foundational species in Western Washington riparian ecosystems. In addition, we replant with native shrub and groundcovers to increase species richness and abundance. Replanting is a necessary step to increase the quantity and quality of riparian habitat and move the successional development towards mature structurally complex riparian habitat. As Arthur Kruckeberg stated “Structure begets function, and function begets structure”, both require and must be present to provide the ecological functions and services that sustain our environment, economy, and human health.