Presentation on theme: "Adams County Weed Control ARRA Fuels Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Grant, 2009-2013 Adams County Weed Control is a department of Adams County, Idaho,"— Presentation transcript:
Adams County Weed Control ARRA Fuels Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Grant, 2009-2013 Adams County Weed Control is a department of Adams County, Idaho, located in Southwest Idaho covering 882,600 acres. 64.5% Federal lands 4.5% State lands 30.7% Private lands 0.3% City and County 60.3% is forested 32.4% is rangeland 6.7% is agricultural Highest Unemployment rate in Idaho Noxious weeds are a significant problem, reducing property, recreational, timber and agricultural values and fueling wildfire on public and private property ACWC is responsible for County Weed Control activities from Hells Canyon on the West to the Salmon River Mtns. on the East, from desert to alpine terrain
Grant Program In late 2009, Adams County Weed Control was selected as the recipient of $508,865 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds distributed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and administered by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Funds were to be used for job creation and training and to reduce negative economic impacts of noxious weeds and wildland fire. ACWC initially utilized these funds to hire and train 5 seasonal workers, as well as to acquire the tools, supplies and vehicles needed for their work. Over the course of the grant, 12 people were employed and trained. Most of the employees were offered county benefits. The addition of benefits attracted residents with long term commitments to the community. Others were college students or employees borrowed from other departments for short term work. Filling Up Cooperators: Adams County, Adams County Weed Control, Adams County Building Inspector, Adams CWMA, Weiser River Trail, Idaho Dept. of Lands, ITD, Idaho Power, Potlatch, Evergreen Forests, City of Council, City of New Meadows, BLM, Payette National Forest.
Accomplishments 12 People trained in safe use of equipment, chemicals, record keeping 7 people professionally licensed by State of Idaho for use of herbicides and the National Weed Free Forage and Straw inspection program 3 people currently using these skills to operate their own businesses providing weed control services locally Fuel loads reduced around endangered homes and escape routes throughout the county 4,523 acres of weed infestations treated by chemical or mechanical means 125 acres treated w/Bio-Controls 117 acres treated for fuel reduction 26 acres reseeded/restored 19,334 hours worked Before & After Leafy Spurge
ACWC partnered with our Countys Firewise program, also funded by the USFS, to provide fuel reduction services to county residents. Employees were trained in the use and maintenance of chainsaws, protective equipment and the chipper. Safety First! Work benefitted county residents properties and improved fire escape and access to their properties. This also extended the working season into the fall when it was too cold and wet to chemically treat weeds. Before & After
Benefits Significant reduction in some noxious weed infestations Significant improvement in ACWCs inventory/mapping of infestations Improvement of public awareness of the impacts of noxious weeds and ACWC mission Job training efforts have a positive impact in our communitys economy with 2 new businesses started Community fire safety improved, Community awareness increased Wildlife habitat and scenic values improved Grant monies have significantly eased costs for ACWC during the economic turndown while improving service to the community Trained workforce in place and foundation laid for future efforts Things we value are threatened by invasive species ACWC wishes to gratefully acknowledge USDA Forest Service for this grant.