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County Weed Management Plan Updates

Posted Date: 
April 5, 2012
Dave Burch, Montana Department of Agriculture, State Weed Coordinator

Weed Management Plan Memo  |  Weed List

As per the Montana Local County Weed Act, 7-22-2120 Funding - Reporting Requirements - Emergency Exemption, Section 1 - Subsection (a) (b) and (c), each county is required to provide an update of their County Weed Management Plan to the Montana Department of Agriculture.  If a county has recently updated their plan, and have the current state weed list included, that county is asked to please send a letter stating that they are operating under their current plan for 2012 through 2014.  If a county is in the process of updating their management plan, that county is asked to please be sure to include the current state list.

Many of the county plans are outdated and are not in compliance with the Weed Act.  If a county is going to operate under their current plan and the current plan does not include the current state list, that county needs to incorporate the current state weed list and management strategy for those weeds in their letter to the Department.

The Department of Agriculture wants to get the counties up to date and on a set schedule regarding this requirement.  They will be requiring this information every two years, as stated in the Weed Control Act. Starting in 2012, the Department will begin this cycle; in 2014 they will again ask for the update, and it will continue in future years.

Counties are asked to please have this information submitted to the Department of Agriculture no later than July 1, 2012.

Letters can be sent by email or by conventional mail.  Please address your response to Kim Johnson so that Kim can record your response and add it to your county file.

Kim Johnson
302 North Roberts
PO Box 200201
Helena MT 59620

Attached is the current State Noxious Weed List, for Priority 1A and 1B noxious weeds.  The counties must follow the management criteria established as stated in the list.  Priority 2A and 2B noxious weeds can be prioritized by the counties.  Priority 3 are Regulated plants only and are not considered as a noxious weed.

FYI:  Below is additional information from the weed law that needs to be adhered to when counties are doing their weed management plans for their county.

7-22-2103.  District weed board -- appointment -- commissioner powers. (1) The commissioners shall appoint a district weed board subject to the provisions of 7-1-201 through 7-1-203.
          (2)  Upon a recommendation from the weed board, the commissioners may appoint a weed coordinator.
          (3)  The commissioners shall approve, approve with revisions, or reject a weed management plan submitted pursuant to 7-22-2121.

Compiler's Comments:
          2011 Amendment:   Chapter 244 inserted (2) concerning the appointment of a weed coordinator; inserted (3) requiring the commissioners to approve, approve with revisions, or reject a weed management plan; and deleted former (2) that read: "(2) The board may call upon the county attorney for legal advice and services as it may require." Amendment effective April 21, 2011.

7-22-2121.  Weed management program. (1) The noxious weed management program must be based on a plan approved by the board and the commissioners.
          (2)  The noxious weed management plan must:
          (a)  specify the goals and priorities of the program;
          (b)  review the distribution and abundance of each noxious weed species known to occur within the district and specify the locations of new infestations and areas particularly susceptible to new infestations;
          (c)  specify pesticide management goals and procedures, including but not limited to water quality protection, public and worker safety, equipment selection and maintenance, and pesticide selection, application, mixing, loading, storage, and disposal; and
          (d)  estimate the personnel, operations, and equipment costs of the proposed program;
          (e)  develop a compliance plan or strategy; and
          (f)  incorporate cooperative agreements established pursuant to 7-22-2151.
          (3)  The board shall provide for the management of noxious weeds on all land or rights-of-way owned or controlled by a county or municipality within the district. It shall take particular precautions while managing the noxious weeds to preserve beneficial vegetation and wildlife habitat. When possible, management must include cultural, chemical, and biological methods.
          (4)  The board may establish special management zones within the district. The management criteria in those zones may be more or less stringent than the general management criteria for the district.

Compiler's Comments:
          2011 Amendment:   Chapter 244 in (1) at end inserted "and the commissioners"; inserted (2)(e) concerning development of a compliance plan or strategy; inserted (2)(f) concerning the incorporation of cooperative agreements; in (3) in first sentence after "a county or municipality within" deleted "the confines of" and at beginning of second sentence substituted "When possible, management must include" for "Where at all possible, methods for such control shall include"; and made minor changes in style. Amendment effective April 21, 2011.

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