Working together to strengthen and support noxious weed management efforts in Montana.

Why Should You Care?

Invasive weeds are the greatest threat to Montana’s environment. When these invaders are allowed to invade and spread, they cause a reduction in wildlife forage, degrade fisheries through erosion and sediment buildup, reduce property values, and erode our beautiful viewsheds in Montana. Currently, Montana has approximately 7.6 million precious acres infested with state-listed noxious weeds, and several new and potentially devastating invaders knocking on the door at our borders.

From the Director’s Desk

Happy Spring!

 

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The Big Hole River on March 17. Photo by Becky Kington

 

Spring is here (I think) but as with usual Montana springs, we’ll have our share of winter weather before summer truly sets in. This kind of weather at this time of year is not unwelcome because it may give us some much needed moisture and because I can usually get ahold of board members and volunteers to try to get projects rolling before summer hits and I hear from no one!

We had our first annual conference planning webinar and the 2016 Conference theme is going to be “Recreating in the Treasure State” with a focus on research, vendors and recreational activities and weeds in all four seasons. We are also excited to present Kenn Kington- a professional motivational speaker and comedian who has been profiled on Sirius XM and other comedy stations (and yes he is my cousin, so we are receiving a “Kington coupon” for his services).

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Jalyssa Swenson of Missoula Sentinel High School.

Kellieann Morris and I attended the Missoula State Science Fair that past weekend and were very disappointed to find only ONE noxious weed project in the entire event. That is a first.  We did award the high school certificate and cash award of $100 to sophomore Jalyssa Swenson of Missoula Sentinel High School. Her project title was “Allelopathic Potential of the Moss Species on Spotted Knapweed Germination and Radical Growth.” In a nutshell, she found that a tea containing a certain moss species inhibited the first stages of growth in spotted knapweed.

As I stated earlier, it is a very busy time of year for MWCA. We have the two spring weed manager trainings in the next two weeks, we have a board meeting in Miles City, the first for many of our new board members, and then comes time for the calendar layout. If you have scenic photos of Montana and you are a member, please send your submissions to the MWCA office by May 1st. We are not offering scholarships this year, and in addition to all of that, we have two grants to get cracking on and many other general duties that will keep me hopping.

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Until next time, best wishes for a blessed Easter and a warm and wet spring!

Becky Kington
MWCA Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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