Kings Partnership Against Weedsupdated: June 2013
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.

Meetings: Annual meeting held at Commissioner's office
 
Formed: 2001

Project Highlights:

  • Alligatorweed abatement
    • This project focuses on controlling alligatorweed in infested locations throughout the county's waterways. Alligatorweed inhibits water circulation and clarity. This weed reduces both bird and fish activity and overpopulates wildlife and native plant habitat. Various methods of control are implemented in this project, including early detection and biocontrol.
  • Perennial pepperweed project along River Slough, State Highway
    • Perennial pepperweed is being managed along River Slough, State Highway. The Kings Partnership Against Weeds team uses mechanical control to reduce populations of perennial pepperweed along 10 acres of River Slough, State Highway. By eradicating the infestation, the county will prevent its spread into surrounding farmland. Project partners include California Department of Transportation, private landowners, California Department of Food & Agriculture.
  • Yellow starthistle control along county highways
    • The WMA controls 5 acres of yellow starthistle on 5 acres of county highways. By eradicating the infestation, the county will prevent its spread into surrounding farmland. Project partners include California Department of Transportation, private landowners, California Department of Food & Agriculture.


Contact Kings Partnership Against Weeds


Contact Kings Partnership Against Weeds

Les Wright
Chair, and Deputy Agricultural Commissioner for Kings County
680 N. Campus Drive Suite B
Dept of Agriculture
Hanford, California  93292
Phone: (559) 582-3211 x2830
Fax: (559) 582-5251


 

Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Kings County, California


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