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


2014 Weed Program Survey Completed & Results Available

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


All 56 Montana counties  completed and returned the 2014 MWCA survey about the weed program in their county.   We have compiled the results looking at the state as a whole and for some of the questions there is also an area view compiled.  The survey had seven sections covering :staffing including budget, local program perspective, partners, grant funding, noncompliance, state and county listed weeds, and a miscellaneous section.

We have now sent a copy to all counties.   We are making the survey available for download to those who are interested.   Here is the link to download  2014 Weed Program Survey .

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey.  The results were interesting and enlightening.   We will be making updates to our website to reflect the information we gathered.

2013 DNRC Aquatic Plant Management Grant Projects

Friday, September 20th, 2013


Executive Summary:  2013 Ongoing Aquatic Invasive Plant Control and Survey Projects

The following three invasive aquatic plants are listed as noxious weeds in Montana. The plants are targeted for management based on their potential impacts to aquatic environments, agriculture, hydropower, and water-based recreation.

Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) occurs at five locations in Montana: the lower Jefferson River, upper Missouri River and associated reservoirs (to upper Canyon Ferry Reservoir), Fort Peck Reservoir, lower Clark Fork (Noxon and Cabinet Gorge Reservoirs), and Beaver Lake.  Control was initiated on all EWM-infested water bodies in 2011with follow-up treatments in 2012 and 2013. Control options for EWM in natural riverine systems are limited mainly to hand removal and barriers.

Curly leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) is widespread in the Missouri River Watershed from Hebgen Lake downstream to Fort Peck.  It is considered a new invader in the upper Flathead River (above Flathead Lake) where control programs were initiated in 2013. The plant is widespread below Flathead Lake and through the lower Clark Fork drainage.

Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) infests more than 2000 acres in Flathead Lake and downstream waters of the Flathead and Clark Fork drainage into Idaho.  The population in Montana is the primary source of infestation in the Columbia River Basin.  Flowering rush is a sterile hybrid (does not spread by seed) but very effectively spreads by root fragments.  Effective control options for flowering rush are not available at this time; however, research is on-going in Montana and Idaho.

Fragrant water lily (Nymphaea odorata) is not listed as a noxious weed in Montana.  It is known invasive and is targeted for physical removal in small isolated infestations in western Montana.

Download and read the complete document: DNRC Aquatic Plant Management Grant Projects – Issued September 2013

Are there grants available to help treat noxious weeds?

Thursday, April 18th, 2013


There are several sources available to treat noxious weeds, but rarely to one landowner. If a weed management area is formed with several landowners, the chance of receiving grant funds increases. The MT Department of Ag’s Noxious Weed Trust Fund is one avenue to pursue grants, the deadline is usually the first of December and forms can be found online. On a larger scale, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation offers grants, and Department of Natural Resource Conservation and local conservation districts also offer grant funds. You can check with your local conservation district office to inquire about possible funding. Currently NRCS is also providing grant funding through special initiative funds called EQUIP. Several other Montana organizations offer grants including PPL and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.   Again, when a cooperative weed management area (CWMA) is formed and organized well, there are several avenues of funding available. Please check out our grant opportunity postings on the MWCA Classified  Web Page where we put all opportunities that we become aware of.

Missoula County’s Fall Issue of Healthy Acres

Friday, September 28th, 2012


Missoula County Extension and  Weed District produces an online magazine called Healthy Acres. The fall issue of Healthy Acres is now available to download.

There are several articles of special interest to weed warriors ins this issue:

  • Revegetation – “Seeing is Believing”  on page 2
  • Grants – ” 2013 Missoula County Landowner Grants”, on page 2
  • Fall weed management – “Fall is a Great Time to Control Noxious Weeds”, on page 4
  • Bill Ottens – Weed Prevention Coordinator retires, page 8

Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2013

Monday, September 10th, 2012


The funding opportunities for fiscal year 2013 are posted on the WebGrants website at Applicants must contact and work with an organization, such as a weed  district, conservation district, extension office, or tribe to determine if they will be the funding recipient for the grant dollars and submit the application.

Please let anyone know about this grant program who is interested in noxious weeds and developing a local cooperative, education, or research project. Remember that all grant applications must be submitted by midnight on December 3,2012.

The changes for the 2013 Trust Fund grant cycle are:

  • Grant applications are only accepted by using WebGrants.
  • Attachments (photos, supporting documents, environmental assessment information) must be web friendly for uploading and download. Remember to re-size pictures and to try to make all attachments less than 1 MB in size.
  • Do not wait until the day before the deadline to start working in WebGrants. Please plan accordingly to allow enough time for any problems you may have getting familiar with our web based grant management system.
  • ALL local cooperative projects need to attach a picture of the noxious weed situation that helps depicts the reason why funding is needed for the new project or why the current Trust Fund project needs continued funding.
  • Start early on the environmental assessment process so you have all the necessary documentation to attach to the application by December 3rd.

If you have any questions using WebGrants or would like help in developing a weed project, please feel free to call Dave Burch, State Weed Coordinator at 444-3140 or Kim Johnson,  Grants Coordi nator at 444-1517. You can also contact Carol Bearden at 444-7880 for help with WebGrants and completing the application process.