Letter of Support

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November 4th, 2020

Dear Columbia Gorge CWMA members and prospective members,

The Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is an organization dedicated to preventing the spread of invasive plants throughout the Columbia River Gorge. The CWMA supplies a valuable service to land managers and residents by providing a forum for information sharing, producing educational opportunities, and collecting and consolidating data and resources relating to the management of invasive weeds. In 2020, we saw many of our in-person events cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we quickly pivoted to continue to offer our services remotely. You can learn more about the opportunities we provide, the way we are adapting our support and offerings in light of COVID-19, and about many exciting partner projects in our attached annual report.

In 2020, we updated our five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the supporting document between the CWMA and its members, and our membership is now larger than ever. Thank you to all who joined in our continuous efforts to expand collaborative weed control and restoration in the Columbia River Gorge! If you haven’t had a chance to sign onto the MOU and would like to become a member of the CWMA, please reach out to our CWMA Coordinator.

As we continue to serve and support our constituents, we ask that our current and prospective members also consider becoming sponsors of the CWMA. Our sponsors support the CWMA through financial donations or by providing staff time and resources. Contributions from sponsoring organizations allow the CWMA to support their Coordinator, improve communications, increase capacity for planning and hosting events, and develop outreach capabilities. The funding level amount is entirely determined by your organization.

As you are preparing your budgets, please consider becoming a sponsor to help fund the Columbia Gorge CWMA. Together we can keep collaborative weed control in the Columbia River Gorge strong. Please contact our CWMA Coordinator, Courtney Gattuso (503-998-3458, columbiagorgecwma@gmail.com) to learn more about becoming a sponsoring member of the Columbia Gorge CWMA.

Sincerely,

Emily Stevenson

Columbia Gorge CWMA Washington Co-Chair

estevenson@co.skamania.wa.us

509-427-3941

Lucas Nipp

Columbia Gorge CWMA Oregon Co-Chair

lucas@emswcd.org

503-539-5764