Welcome to the Five Rivers WMA Information Portal
Welcome to the Five Rivers Weed Management Area's online information site. The Five Rivers WMA is composed of federal, state, and local agencies working with public and private landowners in an effort to control noxious and invasive weeds from causing economic damage to the area. Currently, there are five major rivers that drain in the Southeast part of Nebraska. These smaller streams drainages pose a unique challenge in controlling invaders.
The following counties define the boundary of the Weed Management Area, which consists of more than 3,300,000 acres: Cass, Saline, Jefferson, Gage, Johnson, Pawnee, Otoe, Nemaha, Lancaster, and Richardson Counties. More...
What is a WMA?
Weed Management Areas (WMAs) are local organizations that bring together landowners and managers (private, city, county, State, and Federal) in a county, multi-county, or other geographical area to coordinate efforts and expertise against common invasive weed species. The WMA functions under the authority of a mutually developed memorandum of understanding (MOU) and is subject to statutory and regulatory weed control requirements. A WMA may be voluntarily governed by a chairperson or a steering committee. To date, groups in Nebraska have been initiated by either the leadership of the County or a Federal Agency employee. WMAs are unique because they attempt to address agricultural (regulatory) weeds and “wildland” weeds under one local umbrella of organization. It is hoped that participation will extend from all agencies and private organizations. WMAs have printed weed I.D./control brochures, organized weed education events, written and obtained grants, coordinated demonstration plots, and instituted joint eradication, mapping, outreach, and other effective weed management projects.