RMEF Gets Nasty on Noxious Weeds

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We recently received this question at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation headquarters:
What is RMEF doing about getting rid of ox-eyed daisies and thistles in the wild? These plants are very aggressive, displace native forage, and elk do will eat them. They are ruining habitat and are being sprayed aggressively by US Forest Service. Does RMEF have any programs to support the spraying?Steve Fogler

Here is a response from RMEF Director of Science and Planning Tom Toman:

RMEF has been actively engaged in noxious weed control since 1989 when we provided funds toward the control of spotted knapweed and yellow starthistle on the W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area in the state of Washington. We have provided grants for 888 projects that had an element of noxious weed control and spent $7,236,873 dollars. Other partners in these projects contributed more than $37 million.

As you can see we have been actively funding noxious weed control along with the other habitat enhancement treatment types to make elk country a better place.

Common Noxious Weeds

Ox-eye_daisy_01Oxeye is becoming more prevalent as many folks think they are pretty and are unaware of the ecological ramifications. It is fairly easy to treat with herbicides but treatment must be followed up for years as the seeds remain viable in the soil for a long time.