Supporters applaud proposed noxious weed program

By | February 23, 2017

Daniel Cook, a University of Montana student and assistant with the distortion of weevils on invasive yellow toadflax in the Elkhorn Mountains, gently shakes the bugs from a paper towel on Friday, July 8, 2016. Photo by Adam McCaw, Independent Record

The Missoulian reports that a  bill that could pump more than $2 million annually into the fight against noxious weeds in wildlife habitat drew unanimous support from weed managers, wildlife managers and conservation and livestock groups Tuesday.

House Bill 434, known as the Montana Wildlife Habitat Improvement Act and brought by Rep. Kelly Flynn, R-Townsend, creates a new grant program and advisory council administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Under the act, the Legislature could appropriate up to $2 million to weed control from funding the state receives through the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act, a federal excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition.

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