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Noxious weeds making a comeback in Northwest Montana

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Volunteers are needed for a weed-pulling event at Finley Point. (MTN News photo) Volunteers are needed for a weed-pulling event at Finley Point. (MTN News photo)
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It's a war on weeds across the Flathead after recent rains fed the thirsty plants as noxious weeds are popping up this summer and how they're being managed. 

Wayfarer State Park manager Amy Grout says leafy spurge, St. John’s wort and houndstongue -- just to name a few -- are making a comeback. These types of weeds can out compete against native plants and spread destructively.     

“We’re seeing some noxious weeds pop up where we haven’t seen them before. Everything’s growing well; everything’s green around the valley and that means noxious weeds are as well," Grout said.

Seeds can lay dormant in the soil for years waiting for the right circumstances to sprout. They also can cause irritation to your household pets when they make contact with the plant.

Grout noted that many years ago international tourists brought seeds from their homelands wanting to help spread the beauty that they had, "they were bringing a piece of home with them. The problem is our wildlife don’t eat them; there’s no bugs or insects that are going to feed on them

Grout says they are trying to control weeds by tracking its growth patterns, using herbicide and physically pulling them right out of the ground. So, this year, she is asking for more help.    

A weed pulling event will be held at Finley Point on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. State agencies are required by law to mange noxious weeds.

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