Rocky Mountain Front Weed Roundtable
Contact: Mark Korte
Mission: to conduct strategic, collaborative noxious weed management while partnering with local stakeholders to benefit the economic, biological, and social well-being of the Rocky Mountain Front.
Mission: To provide the leadership, coordination, and education necessary to enable land managers across Montana to successfully incorporate biological weed control into their noxious weed management programs.
WHAT WE DO: The Montana Invasive Species Council is a statewide partnership working to protect Montana’s economy, natural resources, and public health through a coordinated approach to combat invasive species.
Mission: Our mission is to protect Montana’s economy, ecological resources and public health and safety by assessing and bolstering Montana’s invasive species efforts through a coordinated approach to keep invasive species out of Montana and to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate the impacts of invasive species already established in the state.
Stephanie Hester, Invasive Species Program Manager, MISC Coordinator
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
“To educate the people of Montana about the economic and environmental impacts of noxious weeds while encouraging the public to participate in ecologically based integrated weed management.
In 1994 a statewide independent survey was conducted to gain insight into the public’s awareness and knowledge level of noxious weeds. The survey concluded that without the support of the people of Montana, a statewide education effort would fail, so in 1995 the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council decided that there was a need for statewide educational outreach with information about the impacts of noxious weeds on the state.
Mirroring the national public awareness campaign, “Pulling Together against Noxious Weeds” became the motto for the Statewide Noxious Weed Awareness and Education Campaign Task Force in 1998. This campaign brought together stakeholders and unified the message across the state of Montana and the United States. The ‘hands shaking’ logo was indicative of the Statewide Noxious Weed Education & Awareness Campaign until September of 2012 when the campaign was renamed and a new logo was created. The spotted knapweed flower was chosen to appear on the Montana logo because it occurs in all 56 counties and has been a nuisance since it was first reported in Montana in the early 1920’s.
The campaign was also renamed in 2012, the Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign (MNWEC) and continues to provide informative educational materials, programs and noxious weed outreach to federal, state, county, city, and tribal weed coordinators. The MNWEC also supports the educational outreach efforts of several non-governmental organizations, including the strengthened partnership with the Montana Weed Control Association.
Noxious weeds, in particular the invasive salt cedar or Tamerisk, are featured with Russell Nemitz on the Northern Ag network in this video. This particular plant is a beautiful ornamental still planted by some, however if it gets established near a waterway it can be extremely destructive. The plant has been reputed to take up to 200 gallons of water a day and it also unleashes excessive salt into the soils around it. You can read more about this plant here.