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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

plant growth.

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.