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Weeds: Act would bring funds, commitment

Weeds: Act would bring funds, commitment

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Over the past few months I have come out to the Front to pull weeds with the Forest Service during their weed week, as well as the Sun Canyon Weed Whacker Rodeo. In the past month, I have been surprised to see a few stories in the newspapers about noxious weeds - specifically, the stories that have looked at how underfunded our weed-fighting situation is and how monumental a task it will be to control them in the future. Weeds aren't a very glamorous subject to talk about, or pull for that matter, but they are a huge problem for our wildlife, ranchers and our Montana way of life.

We can help the situation in a few ways. First, we can follow the lead of the Rocky Mountain Front Weed Roundtable, which has been successfully mobilizing hundreds of community volunteers each year to pull and spray weeds (www.weedawareness.org). The more people we have pulling out there, the bigger the impact. Secondly, we can encourage our two senators and our representative to help Montana get more funding for noxious-weed control and try to obtain a bigger commitment from our land management agencies to make weed control a priority. They need look no further than the proposed Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which would do just that.

Lisa Krebs, Great Falls

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