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MSU: Report for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council

Friday, June 17th, 2016

 

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REPORT FOR THE MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND ADVISORY COUNCIL

This report for the Montana Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council was assembled in compliance with the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Act and Administrative Rules which require an annual report from the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Montana State University Extension Service on current projects and future plans. This report is a compilation of major weed science research and education activities conducted by MSU over the past three years and includes comprehensive reporting of all weed science research products and education funding and activities.

REPORT

Tracy Sterling and Steve Siegelin

Tracy M. Sterling
Professor & Department Head
Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
334 Leon Johnson Hall
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717

http://landresources.montana.edu/

Phone: (406)994-4605
FAX:   (406)994-3933


NEW Weed ID Field Guides are in!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 

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The perfect guide for identifying Montana’s noxious weeds. Everyone should have one. Available NOW 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.Get yours today!


Phragmites ID

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

 

Find out all about these invasive species by clicking HERE.


MSU Annual Report: MNWTF June 2015

Friday, September 18th, 2015

 

To view the annual report please CLICK HERE.


Montana State University: Report for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

 

This report for the Montana Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council was assembled in compliance with the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Act and Administrative Rules which require an annual report from the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Montana State University Extension Service on current projects and future plans. This report is a compilation of major weed science research and education activities conducted by MSU over the past three years and includes highlights of funded Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund grants as well as comprehensive reporting of all weed science research products and education funding and activities.

Download and read the complete report: Montana State University: Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service REPORT FOR THE MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND ADVISORY COUNCIL


Invasive plants in wildland ecosystems: merging the study of invasion processes, with management needs

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

 

Introduction: Increasing numbers of non-native species threaten  the values of wildland ecosystems. As a result, interest in and  research on invasive plant species in wildland  settings has accelerated. Nonetheless, the ecological and economic impacts of non-native species continue to grow, raising the question of how to best apply science to the regulation and  management of invasive plants. A major constraint  to controlling the flow of poten­tially undesirable  plant  species is the lack of a strong  regulatory framework  concurrent  with increases in trade volume. To address this, ecologists have been developing models to predict which species will be harm­ful to wildland  values and are working with the horticultural industry  to apply this information to the sale of species. The management of established invasive plants is hampered  by conflicting goals, a lack of information on management outcomes, and a lack of funding. Ecologists and weed scientists can provide a scien­tific basis for prioritizing species for control and for managing species composition  through  the application of  control  technology,  which  can  take  place  simultaneously with  the  manipulation of  the  ecological processes that influence community susceptibility  to invasion. A stronger scientific basis for land management decisions is needed and  can be met through  nationally  funded  partnerships  between university and agency scientists and land managers.

Authors: Carla MD’Antonio, Nelroy  E Jackson, Carol  C Horvitz ,and Rob Hedberg

Download and read the complete Research Report on Invasive Plaints in Wildland Ecosystems..


MSU Report for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

 

This report for the Montana Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council was assembled in compliance with the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Act and Administrative Rules which require an annual report from the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Montana State University Extension Service on current projects and future plans. This report is a compilation of major weed science research and education activities conducted by MSU over the past three years and includes highlights of funded Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund grants as well as comprehensive reporting of all weed science research products and education funding and activities.

Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Projects 2010–2012

  • Biological Control of Common Tansy and Oxeye Daisy, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Invasive Hawkweed and Tansy Ragwort, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Russian Knapweed, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Whitetop and Perennial Pepperweed,Jeff Littlefield
  • Can Biological Control and Targeted Sheep Grazing be Integrated to Suppress Spotted Knapweed?, Jeff Mosley
  • Cheatgrass Ecology and Integrated Management, Jane Mangold
  • Continental Divide Invasive Weed Barrier Zone, Kim Goodwin
  • Establishing and Monitoring Insectaries for Yellow Toadflax Biocontrol, David Weaver
  • Herbicide Resistance Extension Information for Montana Producers, William Dyer
  • Identifying and Testing Candidate Agents for Russian Olive Biocontrol, David Weaver
  • Implementing EDRR in Montana Using the INVADERS Database, Jane Mangold
  • Integration of Pathogens, Sheep, and Herbicides to Manage Cheatgrass, Fabian Menalled
  • Missouri River Watershed Coalition Coordination, Elizabeth Galli-Noble
  • Rangeland Revegetation Revisited, Jane Mangold        Saltcedar Effects on Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities and Screening of Native Species for Restoration, Erik Lehnhoff
  • Tall Buttercup Ecology and Integrated Management, Jane Mangold
  • Weed Free Borders Protection Program, Kim Goodwin
  • Weed Management Certification Program, Jane Mangold
  • Weed Seedling Identification Guide, Jane Mangold

Download a copy of the complete report 2013 MSU Annual Report to the MNWTF


Results of Weed Mgmt and Research Needs Survey

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

 

The Integrated Weed Management (IWM) committee of the Montana Weed Control Association (MWCA) recently conducted a survey of weed professionals. The survey was part of the IWM’s “Building Bridges” goal of facilitating communication between researchers and managers. We hope the following results bridge on-the-ground weed management needs with current research by: providing direction to research programs in Montana, identifying conference and field tour topics, and updating the Montana Weed Management Plan.

The results summary is available for download.

Thank you to everyone who  participated in the survey.

Monica Pokorny, MWCA IWM Chair


USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Program & Research

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

 

Links for information on the US Forest Service programs


MSU Research updates

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

 

MSU has published a weed research update.   It includes information on the following:

  • Mechanisms driving nonnative plant-mediated changes in small mammal populations and communities
  • Wild Oat Herbicide Resistance
  • Russian olive removal and revegetation
  • Impacts of saltcedar on ecosystems in Montana
  • Sulfur cinquefoil life history in northwest Montana
  • Vegetation surveys to quantify weed threats
  • Toadflax research
  • Common tansy control in natural areas

Download the MSU April 2012 Monthly Weed Post for complete details.