Oldman Lake

Oldman Lake in Glacier National Park.

JUSTIN GRIGG/Missoulian

WEST GLACIER – The fifth annual Noxious Weed Blitz in Glacier National Park is Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will be trained to identify, map and pull invasive plants along park trails. They’ll meet at GNP’s community building in West Glacier.

If you’d like to help, please sign up by contacting the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at (406) 888-7986. Lunch will be provided by the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

Participants are asked to bring gloves for weed-pulling, footwear for hiking and drinking water.

People can help the park control noxious weeds in other ways as well. Glacier’s Invasive Plants Citizen Science program offers an online training course.

Once completed, people can check out GPS units from the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center to detect invasive plants while in the park.

Most invasive plants in Glacier are found near roadsides, recreation areas and construction sites.

“However, the 700 miles of backcountry trails also provide a corridor for invasive plants to spread,” according to Glacier spokeswoman Jennifer Lutman, “and monitoring is often difficult.”

Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or by email at vdevlin@missoulian.com.

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