MOJAVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA (MWMA)
The Mojave WMA continues to be coordinated by the district, which organizes and hosts quarterly meetings and oversees ongoing projects and outreach efforts. The tamarisk beetle (Diorhabda) has been confirmed at Afton Canyon and farther west and south along the Mojave River to as far as the Hinkley bridge in Hinkley, and the Vista bridge in Silver Lakes. Cal-Ipc has been working tirelessly on assembly bills to provide funding for the Weed Management Areas. Senate Bill 840 appropriated $2 million dollars from the General Fund for Noxious Weeds Management. The California Department of food and Agriculture (CDFA) released a round one of funding specifically to be applied for by County Agriculture Commissioner’s. After this funding a second round was to be released for Weed Management Areas and applied for through RCD’s. After the onset of Covid-19 the CDFA has pulled the remaining funds. The Memorandum of Understanding for the MWMA currently has 23 signatories from agencies such as San Bernardino County Dept. of Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, California Dept. of Fish and Game, Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve, to name a few.
We continue to work with our partners on prevention and control of noxious/invasive weeds on both public and private lands in the Mojave Desert.