M Trail is Going to the Dogs!


The University of Montana will host a group of hard working dogs this summer. Their assignment: weed-sniffing. Not the kind grandma puts in her secret brownies - noxious, non-native weeds that crowd out native prairie grasses and flowers on Mount Sentinel. UM botanist Marilyn Marler says finding and eradicating these invasive species is part of a larger conservation project and upgrade for Mount Sentinel and the M Trail that will also include re-routing a section of the trail and adding 100 railroad ties to prevent erosion. The popular M Trail sees 1000 visitors a day. The work will begin in early June and the trail will remain open while work proceeds.


UM is also working to hire “M Trail rangers” for part-time summer work. Email Marler at marilyn.marler@mso.umt.edu if you are interested.