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Land board takes aim at weeds


HELENA - Managers of Montana's nearly 5 million acres of state-owned land leased for grazing and crops should do a better job of tracking and attacking noxious weeds on public ground, state Land Board members said Monday.

The advice came after the board reviewed a report by the legislative auditor that concluded weeds are a bigger problem than the state has estimated.

''We have an obligation as trustees of state lands to manage them in ways that generate revenue, and noxious weeds cut into our ability to generate revenue,'' said state Auditor John Morrison.

He said he wants a more accurate...

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