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Release Date: 06/23/15
Contacts: Jonathan Moor (406) 538-1943    

Zortman Weed Roundup yields half-ton of weeds


(ZORTMAN, Mont.) – The Zortman Weed Roundup yielded about a half-ton of weeds reaped from the vicinity of Bureau of Land Management Buff’s Day Use Area. 

Several invasive and noxious weed species, including Hounds Tongue, Yellow Toad Flax and Canada Thistle where removed from public lands managed for the American people by the BLM.  

The 56-person work force consisted of employees, interns and volunteers from a number of the sponsoring organizations including: the BLM Malta Field Office and BLM Little Rockies Fire Station; the Boy Scouts of America Troop 444 and Cub Scout Troop 432; the Phillips County Weed and Conservation Districts; the American Prairie Reserve; National Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Zortman’s Garage and Hotel and the Buckhorn Store. 
 
“We really appreciate everyone who gave their time and effort to prevent the spread of noxious and invasive weeds and all the APR has done. We couldn’t have done it without all the help and resources everyone gave,” said Hal Moore, a Rangeland Management Specialist at the BLM Malta Field Office. “The Zortman Weed Roundup put a significant dent in the weed population here.”

Engaging youth in Public Land Stewardship is one of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s and BLM Montana/Dakotas State Director Jamie Connell’s top initiatives.

“The Scouts’ participation in the Zortman Weed Rounup fits in with several state and national initiatives, such as BLM's Take it Outside Initiative, which focuses on programs that engage children and families in outdoor activities,” said Kathy Tribby, the BLM HiLine District Outdoor Recreation Planner.

Phillips County Weed District Supervisor Greg Kelsey provided valuable support for the June 12 event by briefing participants about weed identification, operational assignments and safety procedures.

American Prairie Reserve Supervisor Damien Austin and BLM Malta Field Manager Vinita Shea presented awards provided by the APR for Longest Weed, Shortest Weed and Most Pounds of Weeds.

A seasonal employee of the BLM Malta Field Office carries out two fistfuls of weeds from a field near Buff’s Day Use Area during the Zortman Weed Roundup June 12, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)A seasonal employee of the BLM Malta Field Office carries out two fistfuls of weeds from a field near Buff’s Day Use Area during the Zortman Weed Roundup June 12, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)

The Zortman Weed Roundup is framed in the setting of the Little Rocky Mountains June 12, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)

The Zortman Weed Roundup is framed in the setting of the Little Rocky Mountains June 12, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
 Phillips County Weed District Supervisor Greg Kelsey provides valuable support for the Zortman Weed Roundup by briefing participants about weed identification, operational assignments and safety procedures. (photo Jonathan Moor)    Phillips County Weed District Supervisor Greg Kelsey provides valuable support for the Zortman Weed Roundup by briefing participants about weed identification, operational assignments and safety procedures. (photo Jonathan Moor)  

Hal Moore (right), a Rangeland Management Specialist for the BLM Malta Field Office, helps members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 444 identify weeds on public lands managed for the American people by the BLM. (photo Jonathan Moor)

 Hal Moore (right), a Rangeland Management Specialist for the BLM Malta Field Office, helps members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 444 identify weeds on public lands managed for the American people by the BLM. (photo Jonathan Moor)
 Hounds Tongue is removed from the vicinity of Bureau of Land Management Buff’s Day Use Area during the Zortman Weed Roundup. (photo Jonathan Moor)Hounds Tongue is removed from the vicinity of Bureau of Land Management Buff’s Day Use Area during the Zortman Weed Roundup. (photo Jonathan Moor)

 A participant in the Zortman Weed Roundup takes care to remove the entire taproot of a mature weed June 12, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)

 A participant in the Zortman Weed Roundup takes care to remove the entire taproot of a mature weed June 12, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
 A scout from BSA Troop 444 removes weeds from public lands during the Zortman Weed Roundup. (photo Jonathan Moor) A scout from BSA Troop 444 removes weeds from public lands during the Zortman Weed Roundup. (photo Jonathan Moor)

 Scouts from Boy Scouts of America Troop 444 and Cub Scout Troop 432 bag weeds on BLM managed public lands. (photo Jonathan Moor)

 Scouts from Boy Scouts of America Troop 444 and Cub Scout Troop 432 bag weeds on BLM managed public lands. (photo Jonathan Moor)
 Members of the BLM Little Rockies Fire Station hall bags of invasive and noxious weeds at Buff’s Day use Area during the Zortman Weed Roundup. The event yielded a half-ton of weeds. (photo Jonathan Moor) Members of the BLM Little Rockies Fire Station hall bags of invasive and noxious weeds at Buff’s Day use Area during the Zortman Weed Roundup. The event yielded a half-ton of weeds. (photo Jonathan Moor)

 Vinita Shea (left), the BLM Malta Field Manager, presents an award for the Longest Weed at the conclusion of the Zortman Weed Roundup. The award was provided by the American Prairie Reserve. (photo Jonathan Moor)

 Vinita Shea (left), the BLM Malta Field Manager, presents an award for the Longest Weed at the conclusion of the Zortman Weed Roundup. The award was provided by the American Prairie Reserve. (photo Jonathan Moor)



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land for the American people, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
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