The battle against invasive species is a team fight; it takes the collective efforts of government agencies, tribal sovereign nations, nonprofit organizations, research and academic institutions, industries, communities, and the passion and will of individuals to truly make a difference and protect Oregon and the Pacific Northwest from invasive species.
Tap in to your own interests and find the group that's the best fit for you!
Here are some ideas of places to start:
Working together to protect Oregon includes a lot of differenta activities, including looking for invasive species so that we find them early.
Photo courtesy of USFWS
- OSU Extension - the largest grassroots educational organization in Oregon.
- Your local Watershed Council is a locally organized, voluntary, non-regulatory group established to improve the conditions of the watershed.
- Soil and Water Conservation Districts - Oregon has 46 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (at least one per county). They provide technical assistance, educational outreach, and other conservation services to landowners, managers, and citizens.
- Cooperative Weed Management Areas - Currently there are 27 Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA) in Oregon. While their structure in Oregon varies from small landowner groups focusing on a specific project to full fledged multi-agency organizations with $750,000 budgets, all are local organizations that bring together landowners and land managers to coordinate action and share expertise and resources to manage common weed species.
- Non-Profit Organizations - Too many to list in Oregon, local organizations work hard to remove invasive species.