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1/27/2022 NOTICE: The Taos County Cooperative Weed Management Area (TCCWMA) is seeking proposals to address management of invasive plants on private lands adjacent to Carson National Forest (and located entirely within Taos County).  Successful proposals must be exempt from Taos County property taxes (which qualifies them for Taos SWCD programs) and shall be required to provide 1:1 matching funds.

The successful proposal will:

  • Specifically target a weed on the State of New Mexico list of noxious weeds.
  • Have a strong awareness and educational component.
  • Adhere to integrated weed management principles.
  • Demonstrate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.

Proposals are due at 5:00 PM Mountain Time on 2/11/2022 and must be submitted to

Proposal format:  Proposals must be submitted on one page (12 pt. font on 8.5 x 11 paper) and all items listed above must be addressed and described in the proposal.  Questions can be emailed to


Taos SWCD is proud to collaborate and fiscally sponsor the Taos County CWMA (Cooperative Weed Management Area) – a formal partnership that includes participation from Taos SWCD, USDA Carson National Forest, USDI Bureau of Land Management (Taos Field Office), NM Department of Agriculture, NM State University Agricultural Extension Office, NM Department of Transportation, NM Division of Forestry, Southern Methodist University (Taos Campus), Taos County, Town of Taos, Amigos Bravos, Taos Land Trust, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, NM Native Plant Society (Taos Chapter), Sunset Park Inc., and Rio Grande Ace Hardware. As a group, we are committed to educating landowners in Taos County about the forest fire you can’t see – noxious weeds!

For more information about what noxious weeds are, view this short video:

Taos SWCD and the Taos County CWMA both endorse the use of an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategy when addressing noxious weed infestations. An IPM will identify all the “tools in a toolbox” for each noxious weed and prioritize management strategies based on what works. In most cases, many different strategies are implemented together to have the greatest impact. Chemical herbicides are typically recommended as a last resort. To learn more about IPMs, check out this short video:

Additional information:

NM Thistle ID Guide – NPSNM

Coming soon:  Geocaching tour of noxious weeds in Taos County!