Sherman County Area Watershed Council
Types of Projects
Noxious Weed Herbicide Application
Noxious Weed Herbicide Trials
Biocontrol Agent Release and Monitoring
We work closely with the Sherman County Weed District. The Weed District is the main agency controlling noxious weeds along roads, private lands, and public lands. The Weed District Supervisor, Rod Asher, can be contacted at (541) 565-3655
Lower Grass Valley Canyon Weed Control
Project Cost: $106,456
Outcomes: This project is funded by the Oregon State Weed Board and OWEB and has been going since 2017. In 2017 and 2018, Weed District technicians surveyed Lower Grass Valley Canyon for noxious weeds and marked the weed and density of each patch. They also sprayed while they were out there. In 2019, we were awarded $27,000 for weed control. The Weed District sprayed 57.75 acres. The Watershed Council released biocontrol agents at 30 locations, mostly in riparian areas that are difficult to access with ATVS or backpack sprayers. In 2020, the Weed Board awarded $25,000 to continue this weed control project and follow up on treatment done in 2019.
Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area
Project Cost: ~ $50,000 annually
Outcomes: The Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area treats and surveys noxious weeds along the Lower Deschutes River. The CWMA is a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Sherman County Weed District, Wasco County SWCD, Sherman County SWCD, Sherman County Area Watershed Council, and private landowners. This model allows weeds to be treated on all lands and prioritize those areas that are most necessary to treat. The CWMA has lead successful treatment and education projects. Approximately 20,000 gross acres are treated annually. Education and outreach includes installing boot brushes and signs at the beginning of the Deschutes River Trail.