Wyoming weed and pest council hoping to educate Wyomingites about invasive plants

A black henbane listed as a toxic plant
A black henbane listed as a toxic plant(Courtesy
Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - During Wyomingites’ travels state-wide this summer they might be unintentionally tracking invasive plants. Officials from the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council know people and animals tracking invasive seeds is part of the problem.

The council focuses on mapping, surveying and monitoring problematic areas. They also work to protect areas that aren’t filled with invasive plants. They track their progress by checking areas with invasive plants every one to five years.

Slade Franklin, the state weed and pest coordinator said seeds going from one area of the state to another part is one of the challenges. “A lot of tourists come from states that have invasive plants we don’t. Their vehicles have seeds in the tires and every time they pull off to take a picture of a buffalo they might be dropping them down,” Franklin said.

People recreating on mountain bikes can also spread those seeds around. Franklin said one way to help is to clean shoes or mountain bikes before leaving the recreation area.

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