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


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I think, finally, the heat of the summer is gone! We enjoyed a fabulous Indian summer in Montana this year and many of our weed districts finally stopped spraying this week due to hard freezes. We finally, finally have a printed noxious weed field guide (weed ID) available for print. I am hearing great feedback so far and the book is geared for the layman, it has the newly listed state weeds and it has great pictures. If you get a chance, get one ordered and it should last you for several seasons!

We had a successful golf fundraiser at Rising Sun on September 19th. We filled the 4-man tourney and had half of the 2-man tourney. The food was fantastic and the course was magnificent! When the dust settled, we raised a little over $7,200.  We will know in March if we are holding another golf fundraising event.

We have several important dates coming up: November 4 – 6 we have a grant supported New Coordinator Training in Helena. I’m told we can accept one or two more people for that training. The information being taught at that training hasn’t been offered in ten years.

November 17 & 18 the MWCA Board of Director’s are holding their late fall meeting in Fairmont. There are lots of items on the agenda, which is a work in progress at this time. Contact Becky if you want more information.

MWCA Board nominations need to be received by November 20. Positions open for this year include Vice President, Treasurer, Integrated Weed Management Committee Chair, Industry Representative, Member-at-Large (1), SE Area Representative, NE Area Representative and Central Area Representative. Board packets will be available by November 1. Please contact Becky if you are interested in any of the above positions.

MWCA Award nominations are due November 20 as well. We have several categories, so if you know of someone who deserves weed fighter of the year, best weed board member of the year, screw up of the year, and many more, please email or mail a letter of nomination detailing why the person deserves the award. Letters of support for the individual or group are encouraged. All materials can be sent to the MWCA office. The list of awards can be found here.

Trust Fund Grants are due on December 1st. For more information, please visit or

Until next time have a wonderful Thanksgiving, remember your blessings, and don’t get run over on Black Friday! -Becky

The NEW Weed ID Field Guides are here! Get yours today!


The perfect guide for identifying Montana’s noxious weeds. Everyone should have one. Available October 2015, with Montana’s latest changes. The booklet includes 38 state-listed and regulated noxious weeds with color photos and easy-to-identify descriptions. Produced by Montana Weed Control Association with sponsors Natural Resource Conservation Service, MT Department of Agriculture and MT Department of Transportation. Visit the Store to get yours today.

Becky Kington
MWCA Executive Director












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