Solano County WMA

Chair: Morgan Doran, University of California Cooperative Extension

General contact: Katherine Holmes, 707-678-1655 x118, Katherine.Holmes@ca.nacdnet.net

Mapping contact: none

Meetings: Held quarterly at various locations in Solano County

Solano WMA
Weed wrenching red sesbania
Photo courtesy Solano Resource Conservation District.

Outreach Summary:

   Publications

  • Target on Noxious Weeds brochure
  • A weed control calendar
  • Handouts about revegetation after weed treatment

   Events

  • Annual meeting attended by the public. The full-day meeting includes workshops and classes, and provides extension credits for herbicide applicators.

   Other

  • Demonstration sites are available to visit, showing 4 different methods for controlling artichoke thistle. See also the Solano WMA website.

Project Highlights:

   Yellow starthistle cost-share

  • The Solano County Agriculture Department ran a cost-share program to split herbicide and labor costs 50/50 with farmers and ranchers. The program resulted in yellow starthistle treatment throughout the county.

   Solano County weed mapping

  • Solano WMA used funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to map weeds on 400,000 acres throughout the county. The GIS maps, which detailed presence of yellow starthistle, purple starthistle, artichoke thistle, perennial pepperweed, and arundo, have been used to guide weed control efforts.

   Arundo and red sesbania control in the Sacramento River Delta

  • The WMA will partner with NRCS, Solano County and the U.S. Coast Guard to control arundo and red sesbania via herbicide applications. The project will use herbicides to control at least 20 net acres of the weeds along the Sacramento River Delta.

Organizations on WMA’s MOU

  • Dixon Resource Conservation District
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Private Landowners
  • Solano County Agriculture Department
  • Solano County Department of Transportation
  • Solano Land Trust
  • Solano Resource Conservation District
  • Suisun Resource Conservation District
  • University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)
  • Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District (VSFCD)

Other regular participants

  • Solano County Department of Transportation
  • Solano Land Trust
  • Solano Resource Conservation District
  • Suisun Resource Conservation District
  • University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)
  • Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District (VSFCD)