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Field Program

[Image Description: Two MCC members taking a brief break; one is sitting on a rock, the other is standing nearby. They are both in their uniforms, looking out at the expansive, mountain view surrounding them.]

Helping close to home

A crew sits and poses with a dog

Driving along Gallatin Road through the canyon is a beautiful sight: rolling hills, the flowing river, trees, and wildlife in abundance. However, there is something else there, growing in abundance... but it is not something good. Invasive weeds are a big problem that unfortunately goes unnoticed by many. But, they can have a massive impact on native plants. This MCC WRT crew worked with the Bozeman Ranger District to help control these invasive pests right outside Bozeman. They went to various campgrounds and along Gallatin Rd learning to ID the various invasive plants and spraying them with herbicide. These areas being sprayed are important, not only for the scenic views they provide but because they provide the natural ecosystem necessary for all the wildlife living there, which invasive plants threaten.