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

“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.” - Aldous Huxley

We still get calls at the office from hotels around the state asking if we would be interested in holding our annual conference in their location. The reality is that historically, we get the best turnout, the best service, the best food AND the best price by holding our conference at the Great Falls Heritage Inn. One of the greatest perks with this hotel is the lack of turnover in key staff. Julie Thomas works in catering and she knows our conference inside and out which makes the planning for it so much easier. Julie has been working there ever since I started working for the MWCA over 14 years ago.

 The only downside to the Heritage is the front desk staff where, unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of turn over; I don’t think this is unusual in the industry. So as we move forward into the reservation making and such for the upcoming annual conference, when you call the Heritage, be sure you ask for the MWCA room block for the week of January 12th. And if they tell you there are no rooms, ask to speak to Laura in reservations! Contrary to what the front desk might be saying now, they do have rooms available for MWCA weed managers in January! And also noteworthy of mentioning: we do fall before the Montana Pro Rodeo Finals J

 

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