Kern County Weed Management Area
WMAs are local stakeholder groups working on weed projects. Typically, they are organized by county, through county Agricultural Commissioners' offices. All interested land management entities, public and private, are invited to participate. Official WMA partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding indicating their commitment to working on invasive plant problems to the extent resources allow. Each WMA develops a strategic plan that identifies their top priorities for local management. Together these partners plan and implement projects on-the-ground, and collaborate on mapping and public education. In the year 2000, there were fewer than 20 groups statewide—today there are 48 covering all counties.

Project Highlights:

  • Spotted Knapweed Eradication Project
    • The Kern WMA is working to eradicate spotted knapweed from the Pine Mountain Club. The Pine Mountain Club is seventy miles north of Los Angeles and surrounded by 1.7 million acres of forest. Goals of this project are to protect wildlife habitat and native vegetation in the neighboring Los Padres National Forest. Methods of control are chemical and manual. Project partners are the Pine Mountain Club, United States Forest Service, California Department of Food & Agriculture, Tehachapi Resource Conservation District and the Kern County Department of Agriculture.
  • Yellow starthistle Containment in the Sierra Nevada Leading Edge Project
    • In this project, the WMA is mapping the yellow starthistle. The spread of this highly invasive weed is being manually controlled, to keep it from spreading across the mountain range. Project partners are the California Department of Food & Agriculture and the Tehachapi Resource Conservation District.
  • Cummings Valley Yellow Starthistle Regional Collaboration Project
    • The WMA has been mapping infestations of yellow starthistle found in Cummings Valley. In 2009, the WMA will begin spraying problem locations of yellow starthistle. The project partner is the Tehachapi Resource Conservation District.
  •  "A" Rated weed eradication Project
    • Currently, the Kern WMA is receiving funding on an "A" Rated weed eradication project. This project is sponsored the State WMA funding the Kern County Department of Agriculture.
  • Purple loosestrife and Perennial pepperweed Project
    • Purple loosestrife and Perennial pepperweed control and eradication project for the South Fork of the Kern River. This project is made possible through a grant from Sierra Nevada Conservancy to Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development.

Chair: Glenn Harris, Bureau of Land Management, Ridgecrest Field Office,  300 S. Richmond Rd. , Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: (760) 384-5400 , Fax: (760) 384-5499
Vice Chair: Dorie Giragosian, California Native Plant Society, Kern County Chapter,
Secretary: Jennifer Venola, Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District

Contact Kern County Weed Management Area

Jennifer Venola
Administrative Assistant
300 S Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, California  93555
Phone: 760-446-1327


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Kern County, California

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