Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a very important weed management strategy. EDRR aims to utilize a variety of surveying methods in order to detect new invasive species. This prevents these species from becoming established. Following the detection of a new infestation, an appropriate rapid response is enacted. This often includes repeated monitoring and, if necessary, recurrent treatments to ensure successful eradication or control. If you are hiking, riding UTVs and ATVs, or simply enjoying the outdoors, keep an eye out for the following species and report potential sightings to our office. Contact information is located on our “contact” page. Thank you for your help us preserve our ecosystem!
The two species pictured below are invasive annual grasses that are detrimental to the Greater Plains region and sage-steppe ecosystem. Recently discovered in northern Wyoming counties, they have proven to be much more invasive than cheatgrass. Additionally, Medusahead and Ventenata provide little to no nutritional value to wildlife or livestock and can reduce grazing capacity by 70% within just a few years as these aggressive species out compete desirable vegetation. Similar to cheatgrass, both of these species germinate in the fall and dry out earlier in the summer posing a greater risk of wildfires. Thankfully, neither of these species are in Carbon County. . .yet. EDRR is extremely important to help reduce the risk of these grasses moving to Carbon County and surrounding areas.