The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded $95,000 to combat noxious weeds across Minnesota. Twenty projects are being funded though the 2021 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant.
The money, awarded to cities, counties, townships, conservation districts, and tribal nations, will be used to purchase equipment and supplies, conduct mapping and outreach activities, and hire private applicators to manage noxious weeds.
Noxious weeds are plants that have the potential or are known to be harmful to human or animal health, the environment, public roads, crops, livestock, or other property. There are currently 48 plants on Minnesota’s Noxious Weed List.
Grant projects were awarded up to $5,000 to be spent in one year to support local activity.
The MDA has awarded over $1 million since 2017 to local municipalities and tribal nations for projects that focus on noxious weeds throughout the state.
|Organization||Award Amount||Project Title|
|Anoka Conservation District||$5,000||Invasive Species Control in Anoka County Phase 2|
|Becker SWCD||$5,000||2021 Becker County Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant MDA Grant|
|Carver County||$5,000||Carver County Noxious Weed Management Project|
|City of Hill City||$3,100||Hill City Buckthorn Control|
|City of Lewiston||$5,000||Prairie Trails Park Cleanup|
|Clay SWCD||$5,000||Eradicate Poison Hemlock|
|Cook County SWCD||$5,000||Protecting the Intrinsic Qualities of the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway by Managing Invasive Species|
|Forest Township, Rice County||$5,000||Forest Township: Noxious Weed Eradication, Treatment, and Education|
|Houston County Environmental Services||$5,000||Control of Japanese Hops Along the Root River Corridor in Houston County|
|Koochiching County||$5,000||2021 Koochiching County Noxious Weed Grant|
|North St. Louis SWCD||$5,000||Ely Area Woody Invasive Species Removal Project|
|Pennington SWCD||$5,000||Pennington County Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Inventory|
|Pope SWCD||$5,000||Pope-Swift Cooperative Weed Management Area 2021|
|Prairie Island Indian Community||$5,000||Tribal Noxious Weed Management Project|
|Ramsey County||$5,000||Ramsey County Noxious Weed Grant 2021|
|Scott SWCD||$2,000||Scott Cooperative Weed Management Area Wild Parsnip Management|
|Stearns County||$5,000||Stearns County Rough Potato|
|Wabasha SWCD||$5,000||Bohemian Knotweed Management at Hammond Creek|
|Washington Conservation District||$5,000||Emerging Invasive Species in Washington County|
|Watonwan County||$5,000||Watonwan County Noxious Weed Program|
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications