2017

  • Treated 650 acres in collaboration with private and public land mangers
  • Collected water chemistry data at 2 sites in June and 3 sites in September
  • Established 8 permanent SIMP-Standardized Impact Monitoring Protocol- plots and 2 modified SIMP plots located along the river corridor with GPS coordinates. 

2016

  • Treated 171 acres, 17 campsites.
  • Collected water chemistry data in collaboration with DEQ at 7 sites in June and 5 sites in September/October.
  • Completed new environmental assessment for 2016 NWTF grant.
  • Revisited and collected data from new monitoring points with USFS specialist.

2015

  • Treated 168 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.
  • Collaborated with the Weed Bio-control Specialist for the Northern and Intermountain Regions of USFS to establish various monitoring points along the Smith River and to review bio-control efforts within the corridor.

2014

  • Collaborated on Master Participating Agreement with USFS, FWP, and Meagher County and Cascade County Weed Districts to document the cooperation between the parties to plan and implement projects that enable a more effective and efficient noxious weed inventory, monitoring, and treatment programs across the project area.
  • Treated 834 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.

  • Received significant positive feedback from outfitters and landowners recognizing decreases in weed populations along the Smith River.
  • Increased educational opportunities and connections to public on effective weed control efforts through Facebook, website, and FWP rangers.
  • Volunteers pulled 620 gallons of weed seed heads.

2013

  • Increased landowner participation in weed project.
  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $25,802.
  • Treated 619 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.
  • Received FWP Recreational Trails grant to hire commercial applicator specializing in back country weed treatment --treated 44 campsites on July float and an additional 2 campsites in October.
  • Increased landowner participation through gaining access to more land, commitment of funds and sharing resources.

2012

  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $13,000.
  • Provided boats, private access, and shuttles for Whitehall and Augusta Insectary Project’s Beetle Bash to distribute 300,000 flea beetles along the Smith River corridor.
  • Treated 213 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.  Low water and coordinated efforts with landowners, Weed Districts, and USFS resulted in new boat camps being treated more effectively.
  • Provided private access for volunteer weed pull.

2011

  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $11,000.
  • Treated 674 acres in collaboration with private and public land mangers.
  • Lead bio-control releases and evaluation float for 2012 Bug Bash.
  • Increased landowner participation in river corridor.
  • Facilitated weed identification course for FWP Smith River Rangers.
  • Provided shuttles and private access for volunteer weed pull.

2010

  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $18,468.
  • Treated 710 acres in collaboration with private and public land mangers.
  • Collected bio-control agents in Lewistown and distributed on 3 sites of project areas.
  • Increased landowner participation in river corridor.
  • Facilitated weed identification course for FWP smith river rangers.
  • Provided shuttles and private access for volunteer weed pull.
  • Presented project goals and accomplishments for Helena and Great Falls Trout Unlimited, and for USFS Regional Supervisor’s reception.

2009

  • Received 2009 Weed Fighters United award from MWCA.
  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $20,150.
  • Treated 529 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.
  • Collected and distributed Oberea (biological control agent) from Whitehall Biological Project across 15 acres of Leafy spurge along river corridor.
  • Facilitated project tour for NRCS State Conservationist, Great Falls District Conservationist, and USFS Rangeland Management Specialist to evaluate need for weed treatment, feasibility of reducing weeds to a manageable level, and funding opportunities for 2010.
  • Participated in USFS and FWP spring weed treatment float.
  • Provided shuttles and private land access for volunteer weed pull float.
  • Facilitated project tour for Senator Baucus staff members.
  • Updated interactive map for weed inventory and treatment.
  • Established SRHP Facebook page to provide educational and networking site.
  • Added new landowner participants in weed project.

2008

  • Developed new brochure.
  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $10,173.
  • Sponsored two SRHP board members to attend Western Society Weed Science Short Course.
  • Published article on project in Big Sky Journal (Summer 2008 issue).
  • Facilitated volunteer weed pull float.
  • Treated 435 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.

2007

  • Spread bio-control agents for participating landowner.
  • Implemented pilot project for use of digital imagery aerial photography in recording leafy spurge infestations for evaluation.
  • Facilitated volunteer weed pull float pulling houndstongue, thistle, and knapweed in campsites.
  • Set up Camp Baker Kiosk with updated weed project map and brochures.
  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $3,387.
  • Treated 22 camp sites and surrounding areas with fall herbicide applications.
  • Treated 581 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.
  • Incorporated new treatment areas in on-going mapping project.

2006

  • Received NWTF grant in the amount of $26,137.
  • Treated 548 acres in collaboration with private and public land managers.
  • Developed and posted weed project map at Camp Baker to identify weed areas, project treatment areas for 2006, and project cooperators.
  • Developed and distributed weed flyers for floaters to identify and mark new invasive species.
  • Worked with Malmstrom Airforce Base volunteers to pull weeds at camp sites.
  • Met with landowner participants and others to further project goals.

2005

  • Developed project website with integrated digital map.
  • Established the Smith River Corridor Coordinated Weed Management Area, andSteering Committee consisting of representative from FWP, Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests, Meagher County Weed District, Cascade County Weed District, and SRHP.
  • Developed and staffed a Smith River Weed Education Station at Camp Baker to educate floaters about the negative impacts of noxious weeds, current efforts being made, and how they can help contain current infestations and prevent new ones.
  • Participated in the Statewide Noxious Weed Awareness and Education Campaign Task Force.

2004

  • Completed report on weed management history.
  • Contacted private and public land managers along the Smith River corridor to develop best management practices.
  • Received tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

2003

  • Established The Smith River Habitat Project, Inc.
  • Set up board to include agricultural and recreational landowners; commercial fishing outfitters, and private floaters to improve wildlife habitat and rangeland along the Smith River corridor through invasive plant education, research, and cooperative management.