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Backcountry Road Maintenance and Weed Management

Roads and noxious weeds seem to go hand in hand on most public lands in the United States. It is difficult to maintain or improve backcountry roads without spreading weeds. A new MTDC report by Leslie Ferguson, Kootenai National Forest, Celestine Duncan, Weed Management Services, and Kathleen Snodgrass, MTDC, may help. Backcountry Road Maintenance and Weed Management (0371–2811–MTDC) includes information that will help engineers, foresters, and road maintenance personnel understand weed biology and the ways normal road maintenance increases weed infestations. The report explains how the spread of noxious weeds can be reduced or eliminated during road improvement or maintenance projects. It stresses the importance of washing all vehicles and motorized equipment before and after a road project, planning the project to minimize the disturbance of adjacent soils, and maintaining desirable plant species along roadsides.

Cover for the report Backcountry Road Maintenance and Weed Management.

This report can be ordered by contacting Cailen Hegman, MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; fax: 406–329–3781; e-mail: For more information about road maintenance and weed problems, contact Kathie Snodgrass, project leader (phone: 406–329–3922; fax: 406–329–3719; e-mail:

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