WELCOME TO THE LAKE COUNTY WEED DISTRICT
Lake County Noxious Weed Steering/Action Committee Mission Statement:
To establish a regional partnership among agencies, institutions and the private sector, to promote cooperative weed management projects, foster educational programs and enhance funding to strengthen collaborative weed control efforts.
What is a Noxious Weed?
A "Noxious Weed", by definition of the Montana County Noxious Weed Act, means any exotic plant species established or that may be introduced into the state that may render land unfit for agriculture, forestry, livestock, wildlife, or other beneficial uses or that may harm native plant communities and that is designated as a statewide noxious weed by rule of the department; or as a district noxious weed by a board, following public notice of intent and public hearing (MCA 7-22-2101).
Why should you care about noxious weeds?
Weeds are considered one of the most serious threats to natural habitats and resources in the West. Noxious Weeds displace native plants and cause serious economic losses and environmental impacts. Noxious weed establishment reduces range and agricultural land productivity, reduces available forage for wildlife, and negatively impacts aesthetics and recreation. Ecological processes may be negatively affected by invasion of noxious weeds; for example, Spotted Knapweed forms monocultures that can increase soil erosion. Spotted knapweed infests over 3.8 million acres in Montana, but there are new invaders that have the potential to do even greater ecological and economic damage, such as Yellow starthistle.
Lake County Statistics
Population (2010 census estimate)
- Montana 989,415
- Lake County 28,746
- County maintained roads 1,200 miles
- Federal/State Highways 323 miles
- Flathead Irrigation canals and laterals 1,300 miles
- Federal 168,989 acres
- Private 364,883 acres
- Private/Corporate 65,668 acres
- Tribal 290,103 acres
- Surface Water (10%) 102,495
Total 1,056,679 acres