The Montana Saltcedar team will be launching on a weeklong canoe trip to treat invasive saltcellar populations along the eastern reaches of the Missouri River.
This trip is a cooperative effort between the US Army Corps of Engineers, the county weed boards and conservation districts of McCone, Richland, and Roosevelt counties, the Fort Peck Tribes and the Montana Conservation oops. In late August, a Montana Conservation Corps crew and volunteers will canoe along the Missouri from below the Fort Peck Dam to the North Dakota border. The crew will be treating any of the invasive trees that are found below the high water mark.
Flooding in 2011 created favorable conditions for saltcellar along the Missouri River. Recognized as a Priority 2B plant on the Montana Noxious Weed List, this tree species has the potential to displace native tree species such as willow, green ash and cottonwoods and will likely spread to other waterways, stock ponds, or irrigation ditches.
In order to completely eradicate saltcellar from this extensive stretch of the Missouri River we need the support of local landowners. If you suspect that saltcellar has become established on your property, please contact your local county weed district for help with identification and control.