Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Karen Laitala
Powell County Weeds Coordinator 

Strong relationships built through weed management


October 8, 2020

Elaine Caton

Karen Laitala, Vegetation Coordinator for the Blackfoot Challenge, mans the Native and Noxious Aquatic and Riparian Plant Education Station at Fall 2019 Swan Restoration Release Event.

The mission of the Blackfoot Challenge is "to coordinate efforts to conserve and enhance natural resources and the rural way of life in the Blackfoot watershed for present and future generations." A long history of poor mining, logging and livestock grazing practices as well as increased recreational use led to invasive weed spread across fence lines and ownership boundaries. The Blackfoot Challenge officially formed in 1993 as private landowners and public agencies recognized the need for a coordinated environment in which to exchange information and identify ways to respond to this threa...

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