Knapweed is a real nuisance in the old Moose Fire burn area . . .
The hillsides above Big Creek and the North Fork of the Flathead River are valuable winter range for deer and elk. Unfortunately, a new invader has moved in — weeds. Spotted knapweed is becoming a problem along the North Fork Road where the 2001 Moose Fire razed the landscape.
The Forest Service is aware of the problem, said Tris Hoffman, weed coordinator for the Flathead National Forest.
Hoffman said last week that Montana Conservation Corps crews were hand-pulling weeds from the slopes last week. The Forest Service is also spraying and in some cases using weevils to control the weed.