Encourage Wyoming’s native plants

Courtesy photo Sublette County’s Julie Kraft took this photo of the native blanket flower.

The Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) is excited to announce that April 2023 is Wyoming Native Plant Month. The Proclamation signed by Gov. Mark Gordon – is intended to raise awareness about the importance of native plants and the role they play in keeping Wyoming wild and beautiful.

The Governor’s Proclamation says, “Native plants are essential for healthy, diverse and sustainable ecosystems and are critical for cleaning air, filtering water and stabilizing soils.”

It states, “Wyoming is home to more than 2,500 native plant species, which include large shade trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and wildflowers. Native plants provide essential food including nectar, pollen, seeds and foliage for native birds, insects and other wildlife in ways that non-native plants cannot.”

WWPC plays an important role in keeping Wyoming wild and beautiful by reducing noxious weeds and pests that can damage native plants and habitats. The goal is to preserve the state’s precious ecosystem for those who work the land and those who enjoy the land.

“Whether you’re a rancher or a recreationist, we all play a role in keeping our native plant life healthy and flourishing,” said Lindsey Woodward, WWP coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. “We encourage everyone to be informed about native plant life and how to preserve it while working or enjoying the outdoors.”

For tips to stop invasive species or information about Wyoming Weed and Pest Council, visit wyoweed.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.