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

From the Director’s Desk

February 2016

Whew, the annual conference is over and while our numbers were down a little, we had a good conference. Our keynote speaker/entertainment was Kenn Kington and he was a hit!

The 2015 Awards were distributed:

President’s Award – Kellieann Morris
Weed Fighter of the Year – Clayton McCracken
Agency Weed Fighter of the Year – Perry Stebbins, USFS
Weed Fighters United – Jefferson County Weed Board 
Outstanding Weed District – Carter County, Jesse Scott
Weed Stopper Award – Rob Bray, Celestine Duncan, Monica Pokorny
Weed Board Member/Outstanding Commissioner of the Year – To Be Announced
Barb Mullan Lifetime Achievement Award – Kenny Keever, BLM

Several Weed Coordinators received recognition for service:

Thank you for the years of service, weed coordinators!!

From left to right (top row) Jack Eddie, John Moodry, Jim Ghekiere, Mike Jones (filling in for John Ansley), (bottom row) Karen Laitala and Pam Converse.


30 Years
Jed Fisher, Flathead County

20 Years
Jack Eddie, Beaverhead County
Jim Ghekiere, Liberty/Toole County
Dan Lucas, Granite County

15 Years
Jennifer Cramer, Treasure County
Eric Miller, Garfield County
John Moodry, Butte Silverbow County

10 Years
Pam Converse, Pondera County

5 Years
John Ansley, Gallatin County
Karen Laitala, Powell County

We have several spring trainings in the works: the SW Applicator Training is Thursday, February 18 in Three Forks, the Western Spring Weed Manager Training is in Helena on March 22-23 and the Eastern Spring Weed Manager Training is in Miles City on March 30 & 31. The Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund hearing will be February 29 – March 4 in Helena. Please visit our events calendar for more information.

Now it is time for me to take a break for a few weeks. I will be in sunny, warm Arizona until February 20th. If you need membership or website help, please contact Michelle at otherwise shoot me an email. I will be checking occasionally.

– Becky