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Noxious Weeds


Invasive plant species have been cited as the second-largest threat to endangered native plant species.  Most noxious plant species in New Mexico are found on rangelands and wild lands. These invasions result in decreased forage availability for livestock and wildlife. To reverse and prevent these impacts, NMDA coordinates weed management among local, state, and federal land managers, as well as private landowners. The Noxious Weed Management Act directs NMDA to develop a noxious weed list for the state, identify methods of control, and educate the public about noxious weeds. 

NMDA's Noxious Weed Management Grant

With the support of funding from the Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund, NMDA is launching its Noxious Weed Management Grant Program on July 1, 2024. View full program information here.

NMDA will award grants between $10,000 and $60,000 to eligible applicants for projects that improve the state economy and environment by managing noxious weeds in New Mexico. Eligible applicants must submit their application using NMDA’s online grant portal, where they will be asked to upload a completed version of the Noxious Weed Management Grant budget template, and will be asked other questions about their project.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Cooperative weed management areas
  • Soil & water conservation districts
  • Local governments, state political subdivisions, and special districts
  • Tribes, nations, & pueblos
  • Land grants-mercedes
  • Acequias
  • Non-profits & non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Grant funds will be awarded for the following activities, but must include activities in at least one of the first three bullets bolded below to be considered for funding:

  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR)
  • Integrated Weed Management (On-the-Ground-Treatments)
  • Education/Outreach
  • Planning, Capacity Development, & Partnership Building

The application period is open from July 1 to July 30, 2024 at 12 p.m. (noon) Mountain Time.

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New Mexico’s Cooperative Weed Management Areas

Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) are partnerships of government agencies, tribes, various groups, and individuals that manage noxious weeds and/or invasive plants.  Many CWMAs provide technical assistance, equipment, and educational opportunities related to noxious weed identification and management. Contact your local CWMA to learn how you can participate in the management of noxious weeds and invasive plants in New Mexico.

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