Help the Bob Marshall Fight Noxious Weeds

By Beacon Staff

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation needs help to combat noxious weeds in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex this August and September, says Paul Travis of the BMWF. Volunteer projects from day trips to week-long “volunteer vacations” are being offered throughout The Bob and include work in weed mapping, identification, hand pulling, and other treatment methods. No previous noxious weed experience is necessary.

In a press release, Travis said the volunteer trips offer a great way to view The Bob’s plentiful wilderness areas while also helping to combat invasive and destructive species of noxious weeds.

August and September trips still open:

Volunteer projects still open this August and September include:

• Big Salmon Lake Weed Mapping, August 14th – 21st. Help us inventory and map Goat Weed along the shoreline of Big Salmon Lake, deep in The Bob. Spend your work days on a raft mapping with GPS units on the largest lake in the wilderness for this backcountry trip. Bring your fishing rod for this one!
• McCabe Point Weed Pulling, August 27th – 28th. This is a great project for folks with limited time. Help us pull Knapweed for two days with exceptional views in the Monture Creek drainage north of Ovando.
• North Fork Blackfoot Weed Pulling, August 29th. This day trip will work along the beautiful N. Fork of the Blackfoot River in the Scapegoat Wilderness hand-pulling infestations of Knapweed.
• Meadow Lake Weed eradication, September 4th – 8th. Spend a week in the Scapegoat Wilderness helping to rid this area of weeds. Our crew leader will work with and train each volunteer in weed I.D. and herbicide application to help us meet our goals.

Travis asked volunteers to RSVP one week ahead of time and said there is a $50 refundable deposit on multiple-day trips.

For more information on the trips, contact the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation at (406) 387-3808 or visit their web site, www.bmwf.org.

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