Agencies Partner to Tackle Invasive Weeds this Week

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Jackson Hole Weed Management Association (JHWMA) is hosting the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee’s (GYCC) Coordinated Weed Action Days this week, July 19th – 21st. The organization has 85 volunteers from all around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem helping with invasive weed control. The project area for this event is the Gros Ventre River corridor encompassing the town of Kelly, the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park and other public and private lands to the confluence of the Snake River. Agencies and organizations that will assist in the project are: Fremont, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, and Teton County Weed and Pest Districts in Wyoming, Bonneville and Teton County Weed Districts in Idaho, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, Boreal Property Management, Jackson Hole Property Services, the Bridger-Teton, Custer Galatian, and Shoshone National Forests, the National Elk Refuge, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as the National Park Service - Northern Rockies Exotic Plant Management Team.. “A lot of really great people are coming together to make progress on some awfully bad plants which negatively transform ecosystem function in wildlife habitat and an important elk migration area.” said Travis Ziehl, project organizer. The GYCC was formed to allow representatives from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management to pursue opportunities of mutual cooperation and coordination in the management of core federal lands in the Greater Yellowstone Area. “On behalf of the GYCC, I would like to thank everyone who will be contributing to the success of this annual event,” said Acting GYCC Executive Coordinator, Bianca Klein. “Invasive species are everyone’s responsibility no matter where you live, work and recreate. With private landowners, multiple agencies, and local stakeholders all pitching in to provide on the ground treatment and educational outreach, this event is certain to have lasting beneficial impacts in the region and showcases the importance of transboundary collaboration in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” More information about the GYCC and the various subcommittees is at *Feature Photo: h/t Teton County Weed and Pest / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news