How many Montanans are aware of noxious weeds?

The final report for the noxious weeds survey that was conducted by the Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign (MNWEC), with the assistance of the HELPS Lab at MSU this past spring, is available for review. Here are some highlights:

*Montanans generally have an interest in the topic of noxious weeds, though interest is somewhat less for younger adults and women;
*Montanans engage in a wide variety of outdoor activities that might spread noxious weeds;
*Montanans see noxious weeds as a serious problem and care about the various negative impacts;
*Montanans’ knowledge about noxious weeds has generally increased;
*Montanans see advertising about noxious weeds in many places;
*Montanans report that the single place they are most likely to look for more information about noxious weeds is the internet, though they have acquired most of their existing information from friends and family;
*Many Montanans are engaging in behaviors to limit the spread of noxious weeds; and
*Montanans who have seen different educational and advertising materials are more likely to engage in behaviors to limit the spread of noxious weeds and are more likely to see the problem as serious – regardless of the type of materials.

This is a fascinating survey on where we are at with noxious weed education in Montana. For more information about this survey, please contact Shantell Frame-Martin at (406- 328-4785 or