“Invasive species threaten the health of our rivers, wilderness areas, wildlife, and economy in Montana. It’s up to us to protect what we value,” said Stephanie Naftal, City of Red Lodge Weed Program Manager. “We are excited to introduce locals, visitors, and outdoor enthusiasts to an international movement that encourages all of us to do our part to prevent the spread of these harmful species.”
International Play Clean Go Day is held throughout the United States and Canada with over 180 partners. Originally created by agencies within the state of Minnesota, the Play Clean Go Day encourages all of us to clean our shoes and gear before moving to new locations. Prevention of invasive species is the most effective and cost-efficient way to manage invasive plants and animals. With positive steps we can help prevent the spread of invasives by:
1) Arriving with clean gear
2) Burning local or certified firewood
3) Using weed-free hay
4) Staying on the trails
5) Removing mud and seeds, prior to leaving
Think about these steps at work, when recreating, and in your everyday tasks. Silver Run Trailhead is located south of Red Lodge on Highway 212. Turn right (west) onto the West Fork Road, at 2.8 miles, turn left to stay on the paved West Fork Road. Continue for another 1.6 miles, then turn left at the sign for the Silver Run Trail. Cross the bridge, and the trailhead parking area is on the left. For questions call Jane Taylor at: Beartooth Ranger District, 406-446-4525 or Stephanie Naftal at: 406-546-5246. For general information on the Custer Gallatin National Forest visit online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin or follow on facebook at: Custer Gallatin National Forest.