Park County has been spraying in the Greater Yellowstone Area for 10 years. Their crew stays on a guest ranch for two weeks while they are making applications, primarily out of a backpack. Milestone® herbicide has been a key component for eradicating noxious weeds, focusing on oxeye daisy, Canada thistle, and spotted knapweed. Supervisor, Josh Shorb, shed some light on what Milestone is bringing to the table to accomplish their goals for the site.
When I asked Josh how Milestone is changing the game, he commented, “Milestone is the game now. It went from a new chemistry to the standard. It fits the weed profile selectivity, but also has a desirable environmentally friendly profile and native forb tolerances.”
And that is evident from the progress they have made. The logging trails are no longer the problem that once existed. In some areas, the plant densities seem to be depleted. And it is very important for this area. Yellowstone hosted 4 million people this year. That is a lot of weeds being brought in. Shorb commented, “We do everything we can to keep this area pristine. You won’t be able to keep it free and eradicated from noxious weeds, but we’ve got them beat down.”
I asked Josh about one of the proudest accomplishments of the site. In 2013, Park County hosted the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee Terrestrial Weed Subcommittee. In previous years, it was discussed to get the Greater Yellowstone Area together for a spray project. 20 agencies and 70 people got together to work from the Montana state line and from Cooke Pass to the junction (US Highway 212 and State Highway 296). The main product used: Milestone® herbicide. It took a lot of coordinating and planning, but what a phenomenal accomplishment that continues year after year.