University of Wyoming Extension News

Wyoming Weed Watchlist wants invasives dispatched before taking root

The bulletin is available for free download or a hard copy version can be ordered.

The bulletin is available for free download or a hard copy version can be ordered.

A new publication urges residents to whack invasive weeds before becoming a problem in Wyoming.

Photographs and descriptions of 24 weeds – from purple star thistle to Syrian bean-caper – are listed in the new four-color publication “Wyoming Weed Watchlist Field Guide,” B-1227, from the University of Wyoming Extension.

The publication is designed to enhance prevention and early detection efforts of weeds not yet widely established in Wyoming, said Brian Mealor, extension weed specialist.

“The highest-leverage step in reducing the potential impact of new invasive weeds in Wyoming is to detect new populations beforethey can become well-established,” said Mealor. “Small, new populations are easier to control than larger, older populations.”

Students enrolled in the fall 2010 invasive plant ecology course developed the bulletin, said Mealor, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The bulletin is available for free download at http://bit.ly/wyoweedwatchlist. A hard copy version is available for $8 by clicking on the Request Copy link at the same address.

Weed management, reclamation among topics at wildfire workshop

Smoke in the skies was a common scene during summer 2012.

Weed management after a fire, post-wildfire reclamation and fuels mitigation are among topics at a free wildfire workshop in Rock River.

The Rural Living in Wyoming Wildfire Workshop begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Rock River Town Hall.

“We hope that folks will get information to help combat weeds that may become a problem in the burned areas,” said Kellie Chichester, UW Extension educator serving southeast Wyoming. “We also want to provide information on reclaiming those burned grazing lands.”

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, Oct. 23. Contact Chichester at 307-721-2571, by FAX at 307-742-4228, or by email at kelliec@uwyo.edu.

Free resource guide for rural acreage owners focuses on Wyoming conditions

A resource guide for Wyoming landowners written by Wyoming resource experts is available with information ranging from soil and forest issues to septic systems and growing local food.

Wyoming Rural Living Resources is available for free at University of Wyoming Extension, conservation district, weed and pest and Wyoming State Forestry Division offices.

The 76-page guide is produced by the Small Acreage Issue Team, a collaboration of UW Extension personnel and resource group representatives in Wyoming.

“The guide is a convenient, user-friendly source of practical information on common areas of interest for those living on rural acreages,” said Jennifer Thompson, team coordinator, with UW Extension. “The guide can help you keep your land healthy, help maintain or add to its value and help residents enjoy their rural lifestyles.”

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UW pesticide applicator recertification part of weed association meeting in Casper

Mark Ferrell

Pesticide issues, rangeland and crop pests are among topics for weed management professionals at the Wyoming Weed Management Association (WWMA) meeting Jan. 17-19 in Casper.

The meeting at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel is in conjunction with the University of Wyoming Pesticide Applicator Recertification program. The WWMA promotes and facilitates collaboration and education on weed management in Wyoming, said Mark Ferrell, University of Wyoming Extension pesticide specialist.

“This conference is a great opportunity for people involved in pest control to interact with each other in finding solutions to pest management problems in Wyoming,” said Ferrell, who is in the Department of Plant Sciences in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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