After a lot of hard work, the Invasive Species Inventory Project has finally been funded for the first phase of the project. The project started when Tom Yankey of the Lower Weiser River Cooperative Weed Management Area contacted Vicki Lukehart with the Weiser River Soil Conservation District to help write a grant and locate funds to begin an inventory project of jointed goatgrass and other noxious weeds that are in the local West Central Sage Grouse area. There was concern from the LWRCWMA about the rapid spread of jointed goatgrass and other noxious weeds.
Vicki contacted the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission to see if there was interest in working with Weiser River SCD and LWRCWMA. The Commission expressed interest, and encouraged Vicki to contact Idaho Fish and Game. Vicki received a commitment from Fish and Game, as well as the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho to fund the project. NRCS agreed to fund the project if the LWRCWMA and the Weiser River SCD could come up with 50% of the total cost. We were able to meet this goal, and came up with more than a 50% match for NRCS funding. The plan is to inventory where and how much Jointed Goat Grass is located in the West Central Sage Grouse Planning Area and then begin eradication. Because of the funding already received, Sharona Olsen from the Weiser River SCD will being inventory work.
Using a Global Positioning System, Sharona will track areas where jointed goatgrass is found, and will be downloaded onto a worksheet that the LWRCWMA and other partner agencies can use to treat problem areas. This was a joint effort, and not a project that any one person or agency could have successfully completed without working together as a team.
Here is a list of those agencies that have partnered to work on the Invasive Species Inventory and Control Project:
South West Idaho Resource Advisory Committee
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Bureau of Land Management
Lower Weiser River Cooperative Weed Management Area
West Central Highlands Resource Conservation and Development
Adams County Cooperative Weed Management Area
Weiser River Soil Conservation District
Washington County Farm Bureau
Friends of the Weiser River Trail