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

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Monday, June 13th, 2016

 

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Leafy Spurge Data Collection Day

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

 

leafy spurgeJoin us for a day of data collection and discussion of 10+ years of researching integrated leafy spurge management on the Sapphire Ranch.

Tuesday, June 28
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sack Lunch Provided

RSVP to Bryce Christiaens at Bryce@missoulaeduplace.org or 258.4217

Started in 2002, the overall objectives of the study site were to establish a demonstration of integrated management of leafy spurge, and to specifically use revegetation and herbicides to improve forage production.  Six grass seeding treatments and 3 herbicide treatments were tested.
Results of the study were published 2006 in a NRCS Technical Note. Join us for a day of data collection and the unique opportunity to return to a study site to determine the long term establishment of these forage grasses 10 years after the original study was completed.
Meet at the Intersection of Hwy 93 & Maclay Rd between Lolo and Florence


MWCA Professional Training at its Best…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 

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Dave Brink, Weed Coordinator, Mineral County Weed District leads the, “Weed Information and Identification” session today at the WAC training in Ronan.

Have you signed up for your area crew training yet? Register now at www.mwca.org


Ravalli County Weed District is Serious about Noxious Weeds…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 

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Ravalli Weed Control District – We’re serious about noxious weeds. In fact, you may say, “We’re wrapped up in the fight.” See our new weed wrap on a road near you! Know more: www.weedawareness.org


MWCA Fall and Rush Skeleton Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

 

To view the minutes from this meeting, please CLICK HERE.


Nominations for the 2015 MWCA Awards open

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

 

MONTANA WEED CONTROL ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR 2015

Who is a super weed fighter? What weed district is doing a great job? Which group or young person is battling weeds? If someone worthy comes to mind, please submit a letter of nomination of this person, group or business to the MWCA Awards Committee for consideration for a Montana Weed Control Association Award.

Nominations have to be received by Friday, November 20, 2015.

Nine major awards may be presented at the MWCA Annual Awards Ceremony during the banquet dinner at the Great Falls Heritage Inn, January 13, 2016.

The awards are:

Weed Fighter of the Year – (Non-professional)

  • A proven leader who cooperates or partners with others. (Examples of partnership may include the public, departments, landowners and agencies.)
  • Institutes an aggressive attack on weeds.
  • Uses unique and innovative approaches to weed control.
  • Good use of integrated weed control.
  • Open to any age level.
  • Agency Weed Fighter of the Year –
  • Must work for local, state or federal agency.
  • A proven leader who cooperates or partners with others. (Examples of partnership may include the public, departments, landowners and other agencies.)
  • Institutes an aggressive attack on weeds.
  • Uses unique and innovative approaches to weed control.
  • Good use of integrated weed control.

 Weed Fighters United

  • For two or more people working together
  • A proven leader who cooperates or partners with others. (Examples of partnership may include the public, departments, landowners and other agencies.)
  • Institutes an aggressive attack on weeds.
  • Uses unique and innovative approaches to weed control.
  • Good use of integrated weed control.
  • Open to any age level.

 Outstanding Weed District

  • For a district that has increased public awareness of weed problems.
  • Involved county government and the general public in weed control efforts.
  • Used integrated and innovative approaches to overwhelming problems.
  • Has provided cost-effective means of control within the program.
  • Has shown improvement through on-the-ground treatment at a significant level within the county.
  • A weed district may only receive this award once within a 5-year period.
  • Please refer to the attached list to see who has won in the past.

Weed Stopper Award –

  • Cash award of $100.
  • Person or persons must have indentified an initial infestation of one of the Priority 1A or 1B species previously undetected in the area it is found in.
  • Districts are eligible to receive one cash award per year.
  • Award requires a copy of the sheet sent to MSU Herbarium for verification.

 Weed Management Services Award –

  • A supporting member of the MWCA who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Individual or business may include equipment dealers, company representatives (including bio-control and grazing businesses), and private, commercial and aerial applicators.
  • Individual/Business assists private landowners as well as governmental agencies.
  • Participates in MWCA activities.
  • Supports the programs of the MWCA.
  • Is very involved in noxious weed management.

Weed Board Member/Outstanding Commissioner of the Year –

  • An outstanding weed board member or commissioner who is a member of the MWCA.
  • Displays commitment and dedication to the cause of fighting weeds and making a difference in their county.
  • Takes an active role in county weed management programs.
  • Actively participates in county, agency and private weed management programs.

Screw-Up of the Year Award –

  • Must be an MWCA member who has had a “screw-up” of some sort this past season.
  • Please use discretion when making your nomination; we do not want to jeopardize someone’s job or cause hurt feelings.

Barb Mullin Lifetime Achievement Award –

  • Person has been active in the MWCA for 10 years or more.
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities.
  • Successfully deals with agencies and the public in the noxious weed effort.
  • Cash award of $100 in conjunction with Achievement Award.
  • Agency personnel, officials and private individuals may qualify.

Nomination Process:

  • All nomination letters are sent to MWCA office by November 20, 2015
  • MWCA will compile “packets” of nomination letters and send out to the work group established to vote on the nominees.
  • Work group members will have a period of two or less weeks to review the packets and submit their ballot to the MWCA office for final tally.
  • MWCA will work to secure awards for the nominees who receive the most votes, and will design and implement the awards process at the annual conference.

MWCA Job Opportunity: Program Assistant

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

 

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Montana Weed Control Association -501(c)3 nonprofit
$13/hour with potential increase and bonus upon completion of the provisional period
Provisional period 6 months
Part time, approximately 15 hours a week
Location – Montana, work from home

The Program Assistant is responsible for correctly completing administrative tasks associated with the implementation of customer service for members, marketing and administration services.   These functions include:  maintaining a database for membership and event registration; administering all membership correspondence; designing and implementing registration processes in database and website for MWCA events; supporting the annual conference and coordination of attendee registration; assist in developing and promoting social media efforts for MWCA; and assist in maintaining and updating the MWCA web site.

The position requires excellent organizational and communication skills; the ability to manage multiple priorities effectively; attention to detail; proficiency in the use and application of Microsoft Office products; experience working with database applications; ability to work within a team; and strong customer service skills.

  • This position will serve as a knowledgeable resource to members and to the executive director and board of directors.
  • The Program Assistant will be responsible for designing and implementing MWCA events within the database and the website.
  • The Program Assistant, in coordination with the Executive Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.
  • The Program Assistant is responsible for the timely updating and maintenance of content and links contained in the MWCA website.
  • This position receives direction from the Executive Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Support the membership recruiting and retention process by monitoring contents of new member and prospect packets to ensure current information is disseminated; assisting in the maintenance of the membership (700+) and prospect database through data entry; represent the MWCA during meetings and events as requested and other activities that promote the MWCA to the public and prospective members.
  • Sync and administer information about events and membership between database and website.
  • Recommend to the Executive Director ideas and content for social media and other marketing/communication materials.
  • Assist the Executive Director with the annual conference. Maintain speaker and sponsor database. Coordinate the evaluation process for conference attendees. Provide other in-house and on-site support and project direction to ensure a successful annual conference.
  • Collect content and post it to the web site; research and embed links and other documents to the site, as approved by the Executive Director; support members attempting to access and use site; and monitor the site’s functionality and work with website host to resolve problems, as needed.
  • Provide administrative support to the executive director, board of directors and committee leadership, including: assisting in timely and correct communication and customer service functions; oversight of MWCA’s electronic database; maintain office supplies; collect and distribute board and committee communications/agenda materials; preparing special project board reports; and other general administrative tasks as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Candidate must have at least three years’ experience with project management responsibilities.
  • Individual must be highly organized, self-starting, able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and possess excellent communication skills.
  • Association experience and/or formal customer service training a plus.
  • Ability to travel to out-of-town meetings/trainings on occasion
  • Solid working knowledge of computer systems and proficiency in Microsoft Office products is required.
  • Experience in website maintenance, Adobe InDesign (or similar desktop publishing software) and membership management and database experience (NEON) a plus.
  • Must have reliable Internet and Verizon cell tower capability and reside in Montana

Please submit a cover letter, a resume and a minimum of three references to Montana Weed Control Association, PO Box 315, Twin Bridges, MT 59754. For questions or application submission, contact becky.kington@mtweed.org or (406) 684 – 5590. Deadline for application is Monday, November 16, 2015, by 5 p.m. More information about the MWCA can be found at www.mtweed.org.


2016 MWCA Annual Conference Draft Agenda

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

 

Draft Agenda 2016 MWCA Annual Conference

Theme – Recreating in the Treasure State, Play.Clean.Go

Great Falls Heritage Inn

Agenda: Draft Agenda 2016 MWCA Annual Conference