A Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) was recently formed in Mississippi. The Mississippi CWMA is a 501(c)3 organization and was organized exclusively for the charitable, agricultural, scientific, literary and educational purposes:
· To encourage the proper use of integrated weed management methods within the state of Mississippi and surrounding states.
· To establish weed management priorities needing attention in the state.
· To promote education that encourages public awareness of exotic invasive and noxious vegetations (weeds) that leads to sound and sustaining land stewardship.
· To promote and support university programs in applied research and extension that will address exotic invasive and noxious weed problems in Mississippi and surrounding states.
· To support and foster cooperation with commercial, private, non-profit and public organizations/interests within Mississippi and surrounding states for the resolution of exotic invasive and noxious vegetation (weed) problems.
· To update and maintain state legislation and regulations pertaining to exotic, Invasive noxious vegetation and their management.
As of December 2009, over 40 governmental and private organizations signed a memorandum of agreement to participate in the MS CWMA with each having an opportunity to have a representation on the CWMA Board of Directors.
If you are interested in invasive species training workshops or other information about the Mississippi CWMA, please contact Victor Maddox, CWMA Coordinator.