Help secure $3M for WMAs in 2019/2020 state budget
Governor Newsom released his draft budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year in January. It includes a Budget Change Proposal from the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) for $4.2M in new funding to help implement the California Biodiversity Initiative. Of this funding, $3M is slated to fund the Noxious Weed Management Account which supports local Weed Management Areas (WMAs). These local collaborations are essential for designing and implementing weed management projects that address strategic priorities for protecting biodiversity, fire risk, water resources, agriculture and recreation.
Cal-IPC and partners have advocated in support of this critical program for years and this is a tremendous opportunity to secure the annual funding needed to make the program go. Sixty-percent of the funds will be granted to county-based WMAs across the state, while 20% are used for research and planning and 20% are used for program oversight and administration. (See program structure outlined in state Food and Agricultural Code.)
How you can help
1. Have your organization sign onto this support letter by emailing Doug Johnson with the organization name and website address and the name and title of the person with authority to sign on behalf of the organization. Please use subject line of “WMA sign-on letter.”
2. Contact your Senator and Assembly Member with a quick message about why this new funding for CDFA to address invasive plants is important in their district. If you know who your legislators are, go to their webpage and use the form there (or give them a call) to submit your comment. Here is a site where you can find your legislators.
Thank you for partnering to address invasive plants in California!