Seventeen acres of Russian Olive trees in Two Moon Park, along the Yellowstone River have been removed. The Russian Olive trees were pushing out the Cottonwoods and Willows and threatening the habitats along the river corridor. This project is in joint effort with the Yellowstone River Conservation District, Yellowstone County Weed Department, the Parks Department, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Two Moon Park was intended to be a natural area of enjoyment.
With the help of the 2007 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant, and the Yellowstone County Weed Department , we are putting forth an effort to treat and monitor Saltcedar (and other noxious weed species) along the Yellowstone River. This is an attempt to reduce the spread of Saltcedar into the riparian areas of the main Yellowstone River corridor. It is our hope that by doing this, it will allow the native plant species along the Yellowstone River to better compete for future establishment, and enhance the ecological integrity of the riparian areas.
Yellowstone River Noxious Weed Mapping Project
The Yellowstone County Weed Department has expanded their ability and involvement in the area of GPS weed inventory data collection. With the help of grant funding, the department has performed weed inventory mapping projects in the Yellowstone River corridor, and the Canyon Creek areas. The information collected should enable the department to monitor changes in the status of these watersheds.
Where do your tax dollars go?
Every vehicle owner in the state of Montana pays $1.50 fee when licensing vehicles. This amount is placed in the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund for special county sponsored grant projects. These funds can be utilized for education, control, prevention, research and/or management of Noxious Weeds or Invasive Species through public and/or private cooperative groups.