Date: July 7, 2008
Contact: Mike Barrick (406) 538-1920
Volunteers Needed for Flea Beetle Collection Day
The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (with help from several other agencies) will once again host a flea beetle public collection day on July 16, 2008, near Grass Range, Montana.
Flea beetles have proven to be effective biological control agents for controlling leafy spurge, a noxious weed, on some sites. Anyone interested in collecting bugs and starting their own bio-control sites should meet at Little Montana in Grass Range, at 9:30 a.m.
John and Nancy Schultz of Grass Range have graciously agreed to share the success of their bio-control program and this collection day will take place on their property.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fergus County Weed District and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation are helping with this collection effort.
Participants should plan to bring gloves, sunscreen, drinking water and a lunch and dress appropriately for the day. Persons wishing to take bugs home should also bring a cooler with ice for transport. The BLM will provide sweep nets and containers.
This public collection day should be a fun and educational means of continuing the effort to control leafy spurge.
If you have questions about this collection day, please call Mike Barrick at 538-1920 or Lowell Hassler at 538-1909.
To see a photo from a past collection day, click here.