Noxious weeds have a destructive impact on Montana's landscape by displacing native plant species, increasing soil erosion, and decreasing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Rangeland, pastureland, cropland, forests, and wildlands cover 92 million acres, 98% of the total land area, in Montana. These lands are vital for agricultural production and protecting the integrity of ecosystems.The Department's Noxious Weed Programs
offer resources and assistance with the management of state- and county-listed noxious weeds.
- The Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program is a reimbursable grant program, providing up to $75,000 per grant. Grant awards assist counties, landowners, local communities, researchers, and educators in their efforts to solve a variety of noxious weed problems in Montana. Additional information can be found in the grant guidelines.
- The Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage certification program provides inspections and certification of forage products such as hay, pellets, and straw. Certified forage is required when using horses or pack animals on public land in Montana. Government agencies and public utilities are required to use weed free mulches, bedding materials and erosion control barriers in their work. Use of certified forage prevents new infestations of noxious weeds.