Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area
Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area

About Us

NCWMA Brochure Available

The Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area (NCWMA) is a collective group of state and federal agencies, municipalities, tribes, nonprofits, community organizations, and individuals who have come together to combat invasive species in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties in northern Wisconsin.


The Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area provides a forum to share information and resources, collaborate on planning, and cooperate on invasive species management in northern Wisconsin.  Learn more about us and check out our upcoming events!


Working together to protect northern Wisconsin from invasive species.

The NCWMA started as a small group of staff from different agencies in Wisconsin's Lake Superior region who shared a growing concern about the spread of invasive species in the area.  The group was originally called the Northwoods Weed Initiative.  In 2005, they began following the model of Cooperative Weed Management Areas in the western U.S., and formally adopted the name "Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area" (NCWMA).  This marked the beginning of an effort to bring in additional members and expand the scope of the group.  By 2007, they had developed a management plan, annual operating plan, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).   In 2007, the group secured its first grant and launched a series of programs in pursuit of its mission.  


NCWMA is one of many Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA) and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA) in Wisconsin.  Learn more about these groups in Wisconsin.



Ramona Shackleford

Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator

Land & Water Conservation Department

615 2nd Ave East

P.O. Box 126

Washburn, WI 54891

Phone: (715) 373-6167 Ext. 340

Fax: (715) 373-6127




  • Benjamin Dufford, Bayfield County Conservationist, Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department
  • Miles Falck, Wildlife Section Leader, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
  • Colleen Matula, Forest Ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Steve Spickerman, Ecologist, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
  • Peggy Burkman, Biologist, Apostle Island National Lakeshore, National Park Service




The following is a sample of our members and supporters:

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