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What Can You Do?

It’s easiest to control weeds by simply preventing them from ever becoming established. You can help by following some simple practices.

check markLearn to identify invasive weeds
This website offers tips on identifying a few invaders in the Great Basin. Learn about these plants and make an effort to be aware of other invasive weeds you may encounter. Don’t get discouraged by trying to learn them all at once. Recognizing a few is better than giving up altogether.

These online resources will help.

IdahoIdaho OnePlan NevadaUniversity of Nevada Extension UtahUtah-Idaho CWMA

check markControl invasive plants on your own property
We all are responsible for controlling invasive weeds on our own property. Not only does this help regulate weed spread, but it will improve the health, beauty, and productivity of your land. Also, notify neighbors if you see invasive weeds on or near their property.

check markAvoid traveling through patches of invasive plants
Your car, truck, or ATV can pick up unwanted stowaways from weedy areas, dragging them to new places. Before you leave a weed-infested area, check your vehicle and remove any plant parts you find.

check markClean clothing, gear, and domestic animals before and after hiking, camping or riding
Many weeds have seeds that stick to your socks, pants, shoelaces; just about anything. Seeds can also travel in mud attached to the soles of your shoes. Brush your pets and horses after visiting weed-infested areas. Dispose of all seeds found on you or your animals by burning them or sealing them in plastic bags before throwing them away.

check markUse weed free hay and seed
When livestock swallow weed seeds with forage or in contaminated hay, the seeds may pass through their digestive tracts unharmed. These animals can then ‘taxi’ the seeds, depositing them in new areas. It is important for livestock to consume weed-free forage in pastures or weed-free hay in confined areas for several days before taking them into the backcountry. Weed-free seed should also be used when planting crops and pastures.

check markAvoid causing disturbance
When we use the outdoors for recreation, we should minimize our impact. Stay on established roads and trails. Avoid activities that injure or remove native vegetation. Take precautions to prevent accidental fires.

Images:
-Volunteers: Patrick Kane, Jordan Valley CWMA.

Text references:
-Colorado Natural Areas Program. 2000. Creating an integrated weed management plan: A handbook for owners and managers of lands with natural values. Colorado Natural Areas Program, Colorado State Parks, Colorado Department of Natural Resources; and Division of Plant Industry, Colorado Department of Agriculture. Denver, Colorado. 349 pages.
-Invasive Plant Environmental Impact Statement. USDA Forest Service. Available: (http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/invasiveplant-eis/faq.htm#question07 17 October 2006).
-University of Nevada Reno. Cooperative Extension. Fact sheet 96-12. Available:(http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/FS96/FS9612.pdf 17 October 2006).