Invasive species have been cited as the second largest threat to endangered native species. Most noxious species in New Mexico are found on rangelands and wild lands. Invasions of noxious species in the range and wild landscape 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, identify methods of control for designated species, and educate 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
CWMAs are a partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and various interested groups cooperating to manage noxious weeds or invasive plants in their area. Many CWMAs provide technical assistance, equipment, and educational oppurtunities 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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