Weeds and Invasives
The BLM manages 245 million acres of public lands primarily in the Western United States, including Alaska. 79 million of these acres are infested with noxious and invasive weeks.
One of the BLM's highest priorities is to promote ecosystem health and one of the greatest obstacles to achieving this goal is the rapid expansion of weeds across public lands. These invasive plants can dominate and often cause permanent damage to natural plant communities. If not eradicated or controlled, noxious weeds will continue to jeopardize the health of the public lands and to constrain the myriad activities that occur on public lands.