By Roger Batt
Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign
MERIDIAN Noxious weeds can create extensive damage
to our environment. This cancer of our land spreads rapidly,
choking out crops and native plants, providing poor habitat
for deer and other animals. These unwanted plants cause $300
million in direct damages to the states economy and
undermine the productivity of 64 crops grown nationwide.
Once noxious weeds get a foothold into an area, they can
be hard to control. It can be difficult to recover native
habitat from the invasion of noxious weeds.
Finding infestations when they are small and easy to attack
is critical in preventing the spread of noxious weeds to other
areas. Identification and location; rigorous and aggressive
control efforts, followed by an active re-population of the
native species can be a time consuming and costly venture.
In certain areas of the Pacific Northwest, invasive plant
species spread to rugged remote areas of the mountains, remaining
undetected by the inaccessibility of the wilderness. Discovery
of these unwanted pests currently rely upon: