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Wheatland County’s weed story
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Proper grazing allows for desired species to establish good
root growth and vegetative growth as well. Mechanical
methods seem to be a problem by actuating less desirable
Cheat grass and Japanese brome have been brought in
from contaminated seed. Sulphur cinquefoil, a noxious
weed, has been brought in by contaminated seed.
Logging breaks up the soil and plant life, encouraging
hound’s-tongue and different thistle verities. Road
construction seems to be a real enhancement for the
introduction of spotted knapweed.
Upper Musselshell, southeast:
This area needs help from the Noxious Weed Trust Fund
in the southeast portion of the county. We do have a lot of
entities that all need to work together, such as the Water
Users Association, wind farm, recreation site, irrigated
pasture land, surface rock mining, game farm with elk,
deer, fish, sage grouse, organic farm, subdivision, goat
farm, small grain farms, pipelines, frequently flooded river
and horses that overgraze rangeland.
All of the cooperators need to work together. Each
segment needs to make a living, and must take care of a
pristine environment. Ranchers work very well together –
the cabin owners at Deadman Basin and the Fish, Wildlife
and Parks are doing a great job of cooperation.
We do need to help the landowners along the Musselshell
River and Fish Creek, because salt cedar is rapidly spreading
up both streams. We do think we can use FFA students
who live in the area of each of the creeks _ with their own
horses they can do a better job of reporting than outside
contractors. The area being served is about 161,280 acres
and mapping, grazing, biological and herbicides will all be
used for noxious weed control. The scope of the area will
serve 12 landowners or agencies.
Last year Wheatland County spent about $4,000 on Fish
Creek and the Musselshell River mapping, and treating
salt cedar. What we found out is we have more of the
plant than we thought. This year, I would like to hire the
Harlowton FFA to do mapping from the county line to the
east to Harlowton. When salt cedar is found, treatment of
the plant will be done by a basal bark treatment (Remedy
and Basal Bark oil). There will be two crews _ one on the
Musselshell River and the other on Fish Creek. All of the
surveying will be done on horseback and the basal bark
treatment will be done with backpack sprayers. We would
like to allocate $500 for chemicals and $4,000 for labor,
supervision and horses.
Upper Musselshell, south central:
The area in the south central Weed Management Area
covers about 154,560 acres and involves 12 landowners and
agencies. Its northern boundary is in the Harlowton area,
and it goes south to deep into Sweetgrass County.