Pesticide applicator training to private and government applicators

One of the natural resource goals of the Confederated Salish and
Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation (CSKT) is to control
noxious weeds on Indian lands. The tribes own and manage approximately
825,000 acres of land. Nearly 60% (495,000 acres) of that area is
infested with noxious weeds. To address the growing need for pesticide
education and integrated noxious weed management, the Montana State
University Flathead Reservation Extension Office (FREO) held a two day
pesticide education training covering safe handling and use of
pesticides, integrated pest management strategies, and water quality.
Thirty-seven new licenses for pest management were issued as a result
of the training. During the summer of 2006, 1,339 acres of weeds were
treated with a variety of integrated pest management strategies in
addition to the acres contracted to commercial applicators. In a
continued effort toward noxious weed education and management, FREO: 1)
produces a monthly newsletter for 180 recipients who lease or reside on
tribal lands, offering timely noxious weed management tips; 2) received
(on behalf of CSKT) a $10,000 grant from the Montana Noxious Weed Trust
Fund to treat 347 acres of hawkweed; and 3) provides ongoing pesticide
education workshops for current and new licensees.

Contact Information

Rene Kittle

Extension Educator
Phone: 
(406) 675-2700
Fax: 
(406) 675-2035
Address: 

P.O. Box 335,
Montana State University,
Pablo, MT 59865

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Pesticide Applicator Training