HELP PREVENT INVASIVE “HITCHHIKERS”

Posted 12 months ago

By Ashley Hinker

Rapid City, SD -   Forest officials are asking for help to prevent the spread of invasive plants on the Black Hills National Forest.

Noxious weeds can be spread in a variety of ways. While some of these methods are natural (wind, water, and wild animals), many seeds are spread by human traffic, including recreational vehicles.

Recreational vehicles, such as two or four-wheel drive vehicles, ATV’s, bicycles, or motorcycles can bring weed seeds and plant parts onto the Forest from other sources. They can also spread existing infestations into new sites.

“We’d like to encourage you to inspect and clean motorized and mechanized trail vehicles of weeds and seeds before recreating on the Black Hills National Forest,” said Gene Bolka, Range Technician on the Mystic Ranger District.

“If visiting from out of area, it is also recommended that you wash your vehicles prior to returning home,” said Bolka. “This will help prevent your yards or other properties from becoming infested by invasive plants from your trip to the Black Hills.” 

Preventing the introduction and spread of noxious weeds is one objective of Integrated Weed Management Programs on National Forest System lands throughout the United States.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.

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