From the Director's Desk
Sometimes on these mid to late winter days, it is hard to believe that in 66 to 97 days, we will be seeing green rosettes of weeds sprouting up! But spring is coming. Someday.
So we are preparing for a board orientation, a board meeting and two spring weed manager trainings. Most of our areas are prepping for their crew trainings and putting out applications for seasonal workers. The first week in March are the Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant hearings which really help kick off weed season. So while the wind blows brutally cold out of Canada and the Pacific jet stream brings us the winter snow many of us have been needed (snowpack), weed managers across the state are preparing for warmer days.
We encourage you to prepare for spring as well. What do you want with your piece of Montana paradise? Better forage, native landscapes, beautiful lawns and gardens? It is time to start planning for your range or landscape needs. Have you filed a weed management plan with your local weed coordinator? Did you know that it is the law in Montana to take care of invasive weeds on your property? Did you check with your local weed department to inquire about cost share and commercial applicator options? Have you identified the top five invasive weeds you want to focus on this year? Do you know what they look like at all stages of growth or what integrated weed management treatment options might be most effective? There is a whole lot of planning you can do now to prepare you for that crazy time of year when the weeds (and grasses and trees) start to pop! We encourage you to look through this website to answer most of the questions I’ve posed above.
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