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War on Weeds

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 8, 2011 07:25

With four canisters loaded onto his pack mule, Forest Service ranger Hal Pearce looks like he’s packing Pepsi into the backcountry.  But actually, he’s hauling herbicide to spray noxious weeds in areas of the backcountry where ATV-mounted sprayers aren’t allowed.  Pearce and fellow ranger Tom McClure co-invented the Saddle-Light, a secret weapon int he war on weeds.

“Fighting weeds in the backcountry is time- and labor-intensive,” Pearce says.  “The Saddle-Light is a horse-mounted weed sprayer that enables you to pack n more herbicide and treat larger areas.”

Previously, hikers carried backpack sprayers that treated a mere .06 acres of weeds before requiring a refill.  It was exhausting work, and the only weeds that were sprayed were those within reach of a half-day hike.  Backcountry mountains that had turned golden from the spread of yellow toadflax, a rampant noxious weed in Colorado, were beyond reach.  But Pearce and McClure, rangers in the White River National Forest, knew there had to be a better way. 

For the entire story: http://ryantbell.com/2009/12/01/bi-war-on-weeds/#more-604

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