Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001

Spurgefest Returns!
By Steve Merritt for the MSU News Service
Contact: Steve Merritt (406-433-9440; smerritt@sidney.ars.usda.gov)

SIDNEY, Montana – It's back by popular demand Spurgefest is returning to Medora! TEAM Leafy Spurge has scheduled Spurgefest II, a follow-up to its popular Spurgefest '99, for June 19-21 in Medora, N.D.

"We're really excited," said Chad Prosser, TEAM Leafy Spurge program manager. "Spurgefest '99 was a big success, and Spurgefest II will be even bigger and better."

The three-day event will feature a TEAM Leafy Spurge symposium, tours of TLS research and demonstration sites, hands-on flea beetle collecting, a flea beetle distribution and more. The format will be similar to Spurgefest '99, but with more emphasis on field tours. "People are telling us they want more opportunities to see the management strategies we're researching and demonstrating," Prosser said. "That's exactly what we'll be providing at Spurgefest II."

Gerry Anderson, co-principal investigator of the TLS program, thinks people will be pleased with the tours. "Our demonstration sites look great," Anderson said. "People who've seen the sites in previous years will be impressed with the multi-species grazing, grazing-biocontrol, herbicide and herbicide-biocontrol demonstrations."

Following is a summary of the three-day event:

Anderson encouraged interested individuals to register as soon as possible. "Based on the success of Spurgefest '99 and the level of anticipation we're seeing for Spurgefest II, we're expecting a big turnout," he said. "We'll be set up to handle a limited number of people, so I'd advise anyone who is interested to register as soon as possible."

Mail-in registration forms are available by calling Theodore Roosevelt National Park at 701/623-4466, by writing to TRNP/Spurgefest II, Box 7, Medora ND 58645 or by sending a request to teamls@sidney.ars.usda.gov.

TEAM Leafy Spurge is a five-year integrated pest management program funded and led by the USDA-ARS in partnership with the USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service. It's goal is providing landowners and land managers with effective, affordable and sustainable IPM strategies for leafy spurge control.

TEAM participants include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Geological Service; land grant universities, including Montana State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and the University of Wyoming; state Cooperative Extension Services; county weed supervisors, ranchers and land managers.

For additional information on TEAM Leafy Spurge, leafy spurge biocontrol or Integrated Pest Management, see the TEAM Leafy Spurge website at www.team.ars.usda.gov/, or send an e-mail to teamls@sidney.ars.usda.gov.

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