Increased cooperation among organizations comes through a signed Memorandum of Understanding. This MOU gives structure and credibility to a framework for working with other public and private landowners. It does not create financial obligations or right-of-entry access among partners; rather, it is a statement of shared goals and benefits of working together, and it makes possible the sharing of staff or equipment across agency borders.
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There are two types of membership in the Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Area: Interested Parties and Informal Participants.
Interested Parties are agencies or organizations which typically own and manage land, or which have substantial professional involvement in conservation or land management.
- Cleveland Metroparks
- Summit Metro Parks
- Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners
- National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Geauga Park District
- State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources
- Portage Park District
- The Nature Conservancy
- Cuyahoga River Restoration
Informal Participants to the CWMA are organizations or landowners with an interest in invasive plant outreach and management, but who may not necessarily own or manage land. They may benefit from the expertise and resources of the CWMA, but may not be likely to have substantial, ongoing invasive plant management issues that require professional assistance.
- City of Streetsboro
- City of Cuyahoga Falls
Crooked River CWMA Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is the advisory and governing body of the CWMA. The roles and responsibilities are described in Appendix C of the Memorandum of Understanding.