Invasive species have been cited as the second largest threat to endangered native plant species. Most noxious species in New Mexico are found on rangelands and wild lands. These invasions result in decreases in available forage for livestock and wildlife. The Noxious Weeds Management Act directs NMDA to develop a noxious weed list for the state. It also identifies methods of control for designated species, and educates the public about noxious weeds. NMDA coordinates weed management among local, state, and federal land managers as well as private land owners.
New Mexico’s Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA)
CWMAs are a partnership of government agencies, tribes, individuals, and various groups to manage noxious weeds and/or invasive plants. Many CWMAs provide technical assistance, equipment, and educational opportunities related to noxious weed identification and management. They are an important resource in New Mexico’s efforts to manage noxious weeds.
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