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.

 

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From the Director's Desk

One of the perils of being an “expert” in noxious weeds is that people think that you know every plant growing out there! The new 2014 version of the Montana Plant Life DVD features over 2,060 species in 174 plant families for Montana and I’m sure that is but a drop in the bucket! I know very little about native plants in Montana- I should know more and if I had the time, I’d learn about more, but I know my noxious weeds (although if I ran into some of these that weren’t common in SW Montana, I might struggle to identify them…). I am a weedie for sure….I am constantly on the lookout for noxious weeds no matter where I go.

not sure what the white flowers are, but I do know lupine and native buttercup

not sure what the white flowers are, but I do know lupine and native buttercup

I just returned from a week-long camping trip in the Beaverhead – Deer Lodge National Forest 15 miles SE of Jackson. The wild flowers were spectacular and I noticed there were not very many invasives (some houndstongue and thistle). I did notice some plants on the way in that had obviously been sprayed with herbicides, so kudos to Jack Eddie and crew in Beaverhead County for working so hard to keep it clean- even on public lands.

No idea what this pretty wild flower is.

 

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