What are noxious weeds and why should I care about managing them?
Noxious weeds are non-native introduced plant species that are capable of out-competing native, desirable species. As a result, this alters the native plant communities and ecosystems around us. They also reduce crop yields, reduce the value of agricultural products, negatively impact wildlife habitat, poison livestock (species dependent), decrease property value, increase irrigation costs and are a source of plant diseases and insect pests.
Park County Weed District recognizes all 36 weed species listed on the Montana Noxious Weed List in addition to the species listed on the Federal Noxious Weed List.
Weeds and Montana Law?
What are the Montana Noxious Weeds?
How do I know if I have noxious weeds on my property?
If you are comfortable with plant identification, please reference the following resources:
If you are not comfortable with plant identification, please contact the Park County Weed Coordinator and they will assist you in identification.
What can I do to manage the noxious weeds on my property?
Depending on the species of noxious weed(s) and the size of the infestation located on your property, management options could include:
The optimum management approach is to integrate a variety of the management practices listed above into one management plan that is geared towards suppression & prevention of the noxious weeds on the property. Contact the Park County Weed Coordinator for information and assistance developing a noxious weed management plan that fits your circumstance.
Noxious & Toxic Weeds
Many noxious weeds are listed due to their toxicity to animals including wildlife, livestock, and pets.
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