By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: June 28, 2022

For the 24th year, the Sun River Watershed Group (SRWG)will hold a Weed Whacker Rodeo in Sun Canyon on July 9. This family-friendly event includes education about invasive weeds and a couple hours of pulling weeds, followed by lunch, prizes and awards. This event focuses on controlling knapweed, but volunteers are also encouraged to remove houndstongue and other weeds they encounter. Volunteers meet at the Beaver Creek picnic and camping area in Sun Canyon at 8:30 am.

This event has been going on for much longer than I’ve worked for SRWG! It’s so much fun to see volunteers come back who have been participating longer than I have, along with the new folks who join us each year,“enthuses Tracy Wendt, SRWG Executive Director. It’s such a great opportunity to get outside for a few hours with your family and do some good, then eat some great BBQ.

New this year, FWP Grizzly Management Specialist, Chad White, will be on hand to discuss safely volunteering and recreating in grizzly country and proper use of bear deterrent. Thanks to funding from Vital Ground, SRWG will be able to provide bear spray for volunteers who wish to carry it during the event.

Favorite features of the Weed Whacker Rodeo will be returning – lunch is a BBQ of local beef donated by Mike and Sarah Cobb, prepared by the Waldner family of Choteau. There will be awards for the tallest weed and longest root and a door prize drawing for all volunteers. This event is supported by businesses and partners across the watershed, from Augusta to Fairfield to Great Falls, who donate prizes for the volunteers and funding that makes the event possible.

Volunteers should dress appropriately for ever-changing Montana weather and be sure to bring sunscreen. SRWG will provide work gloves, drinking water, and lunch.

The Sun River Watershed Group is a local non-profit with a mission to collaboratively protect and restore the resources of the Sun River Watershed and its communities.

SRWG would like to thank all of the businesses, partners, and volunteers who make this event possible. For more information, contact Tracy Wendt at tracy@sunriverwatershed.org. Be sure to visit www.sunriverwatershed.org and Facebook for information on this and other events hosted by SRWG.

SRWG Photos: A third-year Weed Whacker Rodeo veteran pulls knapweed in Sun Canyon; 2021 Rodeo volunteers.

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For more information on this press release, please contact:

Tracy Wendt (406) 214 2868, tracy

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