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

Why Should You Care?

Invasive weeds are the greatest threat to Montana’s environment. When these invaders are allowed to invade and spread, they cause a reduction in wildlife forage, degrade fisheries through erosion and sediment buildup, reduce property values, and erode our beautiful viewsheds in Montana. Currently, Montana has approximately 7.6 million precious acres infested with state-listed noxious weeds, and several new and potentially devastating invaders knocking on the door at our borders.

 

Our Website Is Undergoing an Upgrade

In the last five years we have done a considerable amount of work with our partners to keep the business side of our website secure, using the latest technology to preserve and protect your information.  This has included putting all registration, store, events, and broadcast communications on an encrypted and separate secure server from our main website.  We are now moving the main side of our website to an updated environment.  Some of the pages that will be impacted by this move are our home page, weed ID, classifieds, events, find my weed coordinator, other resources, and the online library. 

 As we work through this upgrade and transition of our website some of our webpages may be unavailable.  We ask for your patience as we move forward with this major upgrade.   We will provide you with direct links to help make the impacts as minimal as possible.  Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.  If you have any questions please contact Diana.

From the Director's Desk

This really has been an unprecedented fall, not only in Montana but in the region. Weed managers are still actively spraying, knapweed is still growing and in bloom and new invasives have been cropping up in areas where they’ve never been seen. It has been unusually warm for Montana this fall. I could have gone without turning the furnace on for most of September and October and we are still seeing 70 degree days and warm nights. It doesn’t bode well for weed managers as most of the seasonal employees have gone back to their full time jobs or to school and the spraying and year-end mop up falls directly to full time weed district employees. This effect showed up in our fall weed manager training here this last week in Big Timber. We only have about 25 weed district personnel show up (of the 56 counties); many of them were still too busy to take training time off.

It is hard to say what kind of winter we are going to have! The Farmer’s Almanac is stating our region will have severe cold and normal precipitation, but Ed’s Almanac is predicting warm and dry all winter. In seeing how this fall has shaped up, I’m inclined to fall on Ed’s side. I also watched a show last night that stated with the climate changes, this region now has a slightly longer growing season than it did in the 70’s. (It was great seeing MWCA board member Jane Mangold on TV talking about the change.) I personally believe the climate is in constant flux…and unfortunately for SW Montana and much of this region, that means drier and warmer weather patterns. The days of getting two and three day socked-in soakers are no longer to be. This also means we are going to be seeing changes in how our plants, both native and invasive, grow and thrive.

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