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Help Protect WMA Funding:

CNPS is currently sending out letters of support to preserve the Weed Management Area (WMA) program funding.

Background:

2011 will see extensive budget cuts in Sacramento. It is essential that we remind state decision-makers that controlling high-priority invasive plants is a cost-effective investment. Please follow the instructions below to help protect funding for WMAs and other CDFA weed programs!

Instructions:

  • Use the CNPS letters or sample text attached to prepare a letter. Personalize with local information. 
  • Fax to the following decision-makers:
    • (916) 657-4240  [Sec. of Food & Agriculture Karen Ross]
    • (916) 323-4529  [State Sen.Joe Simitian, Chair of Budget Subcomm.]
    • (916) 319-2121  [Assembly Member Richard Gordon, Chair of Budget Subcomm.]
    • And to us at Cal-IPC: (510) 217-3500. We will take letters to Day at the Capitol.
    • Consider faxing to your local reps, too. Info at www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html.
  • Encourage other WMA partner organizations to fax in letters, too. 

For more info, contact Heather Brady at 510/843-3902 or hjbrady@cal-ipc.org.

Letter Template:

You can download the CNPS word versions:

OR

Cut and paste the following template text:

 

 [Fill in your particular information where noted in <<brackets>>]

<<date>>

Secretary Karen Ross
California Department of Food and Agriculture               
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA  95814

RE: Support for Weed Management Area funding

Dear Secretary Ross:

On behalf of California Native Plant Society (CNPS), I want to express our strong support for maintaining funding in the CDFA budget for the Weed Management Area (WMA) program. In our area <<describe your organization’s involvement with invasive plants and WMAs>>.

The WMA program and other CDFA weed programs are vital to protecting California’s environment and agriculture from invasive plants. Water supply, crops, wildlife, fire safety, recreation, listed species, and native habitats – all are threatened by invasive plants. Current annual funding addresses only a portion of the high priority projects around the state. Without this funding, impacts from invasive plants will increase and future management costs will be even higher. 

WMAs are effective because they bring together diverse land management stakeholders at the local level, including public agency representatives, NGOs, and private landowners. The structure generates local buy-in and coordination for invasive plant control projects. Grants provided by the state’s program for on-the-ground projects typically leverage a 2:1 match in additional funding and in-kind contributions.

Please protect funding for this important program.

Sincerely,

 

<<your name, title>>

 

CC:     State Senator Joe Simitian, Chair, Budget Subcommittee #2
            Assembly Member Richard Gordon, Chair, Budget Subcommittee #3
            <<any others you may add>>

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