Weed Prevention Areas: Protecting Montana from Invasive Weeds
Build support

A crucial step in the design and development of WPAs includes building local support and site-specific strategy. Preliminary meetings with key ranchers, county weed districts, and federal and state land managers designate the boundaries of the WPA, prioritize the weed species likely to be introduced, and identify leadership. Initial assessments are then conducted that include workshops and learning group discussions with WPA participants to share information and gather strategy recommendations on local prevention constraints and potential solutions.


Local education and regional campaigns encourage prevention and involve greater citizen interest and long-term investments in the protection of the public interest, i.e. weed-free rangelands. A few examples of campaign components:
  1. Weed-free ranch signage and roadside kiosks designating WPAs
  2. Awareness messages and monthly prevention tips to ranchers in local newspapers
  3. Field tours with structured assignments
  4. Monitoring networks consisting of informed citizens
  5. Annual prevention symposiums to encourage communication among WPAs and collaboration between researchers and land managers.
weeds not welcome pamphlet

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