Land & Natural Resources

Weed Management

The ranch has a few areas where non-native, noxious weeds have attempted to establish, including several patches of spotted knapweed (a hardy purple-flowering plant that has infested more than 4.5 million acres of Montana, severely reducing cropland and grazing capacity for wildlife and livestock), and extensive spread of houndstongue (a common weed along western streams and creeks that, upon maturity at the end of its two-year growth cycle, sends its seeds far and wide in the form of burrs that stick to everything that walks, from elk to cattle to human pant legs). These, as well as less prevalent weeds such as Canada and musk thistle, oxeye daisy, and common tansy are of significant concern and are being monitored and/or remedied with various organic control remedies.