Support WMA funding!

Proposals for weed management grants due April 5

The California Dept. of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund strategic local invasive plant control work. They have $2M in this year’s budget to support grants to county agencies and RCDs. Documents below:

2019 Noxious Weed Grant Program – Request for Grant Applications

Project Narrative Form

Budget Form

Help secure $3M for WMAs in the 2019/2020 state budget

Board at Capitol

Cal-IPC Board of Directors advocating at the Capitol in February 2018

Governor Newsom’s draft budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year includes a Budget Change Proposal from the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) to help implement the California Biodiversity Initiative.  $3M is slated to fund the Noxious Weed Management Account which supports local Weed Management Areas (WMAs). This is a tremendous opportunity to secure the annual funding needed to make the program go. (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!