The Rocky Mountain Front plan will lock in existing motorized uses, and add protections to more than 300,000 acres of roadless areas, in addition to adding about 86,000 acres of wilderness to the Bob Marshall, Great Bear and Scapegoat Wilderness areas. The plan calls for a comprehensive attack on noxious weeds, and will create a weed-management area, spanning from Rogers Pass to the Old Man of the Hills area.
Work is already being done to address the issue of weeds. Noxious weeds are as big a threat as any on the Front. Noxious weeds destroy plant diversity by pushing out other species that support wildlife and grazing. Using GPS technology, landowners are mapping out patches of invasive weeds like leafy spurge and spotted knapweed for repeated treatments in an effort to stop them from spreading. EcoFlight provided overflights for the Rocky Mountain Front Weed Roundtable to locate and map out patches of leafy spurge so that landowners and managers can treat and monitor those sites.
The continued efforts of the Rocky Mountain Front Weed Roundtable and landowners, as well as the weed management called for in the Heritage Act, will be essential in sustaining lands viable for wildlife, grazing, hunting and recreation.