Montana is known for its scenic beauty and many people chose to relocate to Big Sky Country to enjoy the natural beauty of the Treasure State. When purchasing a piece of Big Sky Country, many people don’t realize that their little piece of paradise either has a noxious weed problem or may become infested if integrated management methods are not used to stop the spread of noxious weeds.
Noxious weeds take over native ecosystems, which causes unsightly weed infestations and degrades the value of property. If an infestation is caught in its early stages, it can be relatively inexpensive to control and possibly eradicate. If left untreated a small infestation can spread, leaving you with a piece of land that is degraded, has a lowered property value and is very costly to treat since often it takes several years of repetitious treatment to manage an infestation.
As a realtor or a developer, you have a responsibility to inform potential customers about the effects that noxious weeds have on property value as well as potential future impacts noxious weeds can have on various ecosystems and the wildlife that resides there. If the presence of noxious weeds is acknowledged and proper treatment is administered; the economic, ecologic and aesthetic value of property is increased and the spread of noxious weeds can be prevented.
The Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign has designed an online, self-paced learning course designed for realtors about noxious weeds, weed law in Montana and the myriad of resources that are available to assist both buyers and sellers of lands in Montana. This course is certified through the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) and the Montana Board of Realty Regulation (MT BoR). The course has been certified for four (4) continuing education credits in the environmental issues category of elective credits for license renewals. This course is being offered free of charge to those interested. Upon successful completion, realtors recieve a certificate of completion and four (4) credits for license renewal.
If you or someone you know is interested in taking this course, please contact: Shantell Frame-Martin at (406) 444-9491 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.