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Belfield in Stark County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Invasion Confronted

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

 
 
Invasion Confronted Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
1. Invasion Confronted Marker
Inscription.
The National Park Service and its neighbors wage a costly campaign to contain the spread of noxious weeds by fighting back on several fronts. Mowing, prescribed fires, spraying chemicals, and new insect allies – all contribute to restore the balance of nature closer to what Theodore Roosevelt would have known a century ago.

As a nation we have tended to live with an eye single to the present, and have permitted the reckless waste and destruction of much of our natural wealth.”
          Theodore Roosevelt

What You Can Do to Help:

• Learn to identify invasive plants.
• Don’t take noxious weeds home for flower arrangements.
• Avoid camping and driving in weed-infested areas.
• Tell landowners and managers when you find an invader.
• Use feed that has been verified “weed-free.”
• Brush off any pack animals, clean hooves before transporting.

A tiny but potent partner in the weed wars, flea beetles strike at one of the greatest strengths of the leafy spurge – its extensive root system. These insects are all the more valuable in reestablishing the badlands’ sensitive habitats because they attack only the target plant. Biocontrol beetles remain part of the solution, not adding another part to the problem.

The integrated control
Invasion Confronted Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
2. Invasion Confronted Marker
of leafy spurge is labor-intensive and expensive. Time-consuming ground application is necessary for sensitive areas – around wells, campgrounds or home sites.

Helicopters spray herbicides over large infestations in the remote back country.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 46° 53.704′ N, 103° 22.967′ W. Marker is in Belfield, North Dakota, in Stark County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 94, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on a walking trail near the Painted Canyon Visitor Center in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belfield ND 58622, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Invader on the Badlands (here, next to this marker); Dude on the Frontier (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Painted Canyon – A View into Theodore Roosevelt National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Time Travel on the Custer Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Soldiers and the Sioux (about 300 feet away); The Badlands
Markers at the Painted Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
3. Markers at the Painted Canyon
There are two markers at this location. The Invasion Confronted marker can be seen on the right.
(about 400 feet away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 5.9 miles away); Von Hoffman House (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfield.
 
More about this marker. Photos at the bottom of the marker shows a man spraying herbicides, a hillside just west of the park lands blanketed with leafy spurge, and the same area after biocontrol habitat restoration.
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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