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montana requirements for weed seed free hay

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Some hay and straw contains harmful weed seeds that can be introduced in to vulnerable National Forest ecosystems. They displace native vegetation and severely reduce the productivity and health of natural resources. Water quality, wildlife habitat, forage production and recreational opportunities are negatively impacted by the spread of noxious weeds.

Weed Free Forage

The Forest Service and State of Montana requires all hay, straw or mulch used on National Forest System lands to be certified as noxious weed-free. This requirement affects persons who use pack and saddle stock, outfitters, ranchers with grazing permits, ski areas and certain contractors.

Rexford Ranger District
949 US Hwy 93 N
Eureka, MT 59917-9550
(406) 296-2536

Libby Ranger District
12557 MT Hwy 37
Libby, MT 59923- 8212
(406) 293-7773

Prohibited by Region 1 Forest Service Special Order: Possessing, storing, and transporting straw, hay, grain, seed, or other forage or mulch product without:

In Montana, Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage is required on all Public Lands. You can find out more about certification, finding producers that are certified, and tips on preventing further spread of noxious weeds on our public lands at the Montana Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage program page.