Noxious Weed Management Fund (WMF)

Noxious Weed Management Fund (WMF)

State Agencies
Funder Name:
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Eligible Applicants:
Tribal Governments
State Agencies
Local governments and Utility Districts
Non-profits organizations
Relevant Project Area:
Forest and Fire Prevention
Invasive Species
Land Management
Funding Range:

Applications will be assessed based on the appropriateness of project(s) and the
applicant's understanding of the following requirements.
1. Measurable Objectives and Deliverables. Grant applications having specific, measurable deliverables
and objectives and that propose effective treatments on high-priority species or areas are preferred.
When discussing the specifics of your proposal, be sure to include 1) details about the proposed
treatments, including integrated methods and monitoring for effectiveness, 2) details about the
areas that will be treated, including why those locations are important or a priority 3) details about
how the species or areas were treated in the past and what the long-term management objectives
are. If such details are provided, the application will illustrate a quantified objective for each noxious
weed species proposed for treatment with these grant funds.
2. Integrated Weed Management. Management approaches including integrated weed management
(IWM) and landscape- or watershed-scale projects are preferred. Projects that propose to use an
array of tools and the most effective approaches are also preferred. Grant funds are competitive, so
details provided in the Species Table should be sufficient enough to convince reviewers that this is a
well-thought-out proposal that meets these priorities.
3. Species Mapping. An overall map of the proposed project area is required with each grant
application. Applicants are also required to collect species-specific noxious weed location data

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within their proposed treatment areas as part of their overall project plan. Applications that
demonstrate an ability to collect this data and a willingness to submit the data to the EDDMapS
West online mapping database are preferred.
4. Partnerships. Partnerships and other cooperative arrangements are preferred, especially in
circumstances that have challenging noxious weed problems, but historically have lacked the
infrastructure to effectively address them. CDA encourages the development of long-term,
sustainable partnerships among counties, municipalities, conservation districts and others. Such
partnerships may include formal or informal multi-county or multi-entity cooperative weed
management areas (CWMAs), weed prevention areas (WPAs), or other organizational arrangements
that can effectively address specific noxious weed problems. Partnerships with state and federal
public land management agencies are also encouraged, although the use of state funds on federal
lands is limited and must be approved in advance by CDA. The use of federal funds on federal lands
is not permitted.
5. Continued Effort. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate continuing efforts in the
form of mid- and long-term partnerships that aim to work with landowners or other groups to
implement successful species management plans (e.g. 3 to 15 years). Applicants should clearly
describe the desired outcomes of proposed management projects, and their commitment to future
participation. This information should be detailed in the Partnerships section of the grant
6. Past Performance. Technical and past experience will be assessed and will include an evaluation of
risk. The State may use all information available regarding past performance as defined in C.R.S.
§24-106-103 et. seq.

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