Flathead County Weed Control District is responsible for protecting and preserving the agricultural, recreational, wildlife habitat and natural areas of the County from the degrading impact of exotic and invasive noxious weeds. A noxious weed is defined as “any exotic plant species that may render land unfit for agriculture, forestry, livestock, wildlife or other beneficial uses, or that may harm native plant communities.”
Most of us acknowledge the reasons why is it important for noxious weed management to protect rangeland and cropland. Recently, however, concerns over the loss of native ecosystems, fish and wildlife habitats and recreational activities, have also brought additional support for noxious weed control.
The Flathead County Weed Control District is mandated by State law to implement sound management of noxious weeds. The District has taken this challenge seriously and has upgraded all dangerous and outdated equipment, developed and implemented a weed enforcement program, developed memorandums of understanding with virtually every state and federal agency in Flathead County to assist with weed management, increased the number of rental sprayers for public use and developed a diverse educational program. The District is directly involved with managing over 4,000 acres annually by implementing an integrated approach in utilizing chemical applications, mowing, biocontrol, and reseeding of disturbed roadsides.
It is the landowners’ responsibility to control noxious weeds on their land. MCA Section 7-22-2116: It is unlawful to permit noxious weeds to propagate or go to seed on the person’s land, except that any person who adheres to the noxious weed management program of the person’s weed district or who has entered into and is in compliance with a noxious weed management agreement is considered in compliance with this section. Montana Statute
In order to control and eradicate noxious weeds in Flathead County, everyone must work together. Please contact us with any questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!