Initially Phragmites was the priority target for two reasons; first because it generated the most interest from landowners due to its dense growth and obstructive nature, and second because most funding was focused on Phragmites management. The program has slowly grown to include a wider variety of invasive plants as landowners have become more educated about other species, and as broader funding sources have become available and been secured.
Landowners and project sites are prioritized based on many factors including size, proximity to coast, costs share availability, number of parcels/stakeholders, and scale of infestation. These factors affect acceptance into the program and level of cost share available from the CWMA. Examples of past projects range from work with Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, where the CWMA contracted out applicators for spraying to be done at the refuge, to private marshes such as Winous Point which have been in the CWMA spraying program since it’s foundation.