A long-term approach
The Montana Weed Prevention Program at Montana State University is a long-term approach to protect rangelands in eastern Montana from weed spread. Weed Prevention Areas are a designation aimed at keeping rangelands that currently have few or no weeds from being infested. These local level prevention systems direct proactive approaches to weeds, which are more successful than common reactive approaches that focus on land already dominated by weeds.
In a WPA, stakeholders collectively
- implement site-specific strategies to protect weed-free landscapes from invasion over time, and
- design local education campaigns to influence public opinion and policy for long-term support and investments in prevention.
Funding sources include the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Center for Invasive Species Management, and Western Region SARE.