Wallowa Resources' Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership is in the thick of the field season. Our field season means being in the thick of noxious weeds. We're currently using funds from the National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program to manage some of the most pernicious weeds in our region, including rush skeletonweed, whitetop, meadow hawkweed, and common bugloss.
We completed a comprehensive survey of the Grouse Creek watershed, a high priority for Wallowa-Whitman National Forest land managers, because it hadn't been surveyed in years. Unfortunately, our surveys found a large and new infestation of meadow hawkweed in Grouse Creek canyon—we know where we'll target a lot of work for the next couple of years. Thanks to surveying, we know what's out there to start managing it better with our public and private partners.
It takes a lot of hard work to manage noxious weeds in the Canyonlands of Northeast Oregon. Fortunately, with funds from NFF and other partners, we're able to focus our efforts on the areas that need it most.