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MSU weed communicator appears in award-winning video

July 28, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - A Montana State University communicator with the Center for Invasive Plant Management appeared in a documentary Web video that recently won a Telly Award.

Emily Rindos, Outreach and Science Communications Associate for the CIPM, was shown hiking and cross country skiing across the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Davis, W.Va., to demonstrate that invasive weeds can be spread even in the snow and winter. Rindos said she happened to be in West Virginia working on an unrelated project when a crew for the USDA Forest Service was shooting the film in January 2010, so she was able to participate. She spent 2 ˝ days in the icy mountains and was one of several people who appeared in the video that competed against more than 11,000 entries from 50 states and five continents in the 32nd annual Telly Awards.

Telly Awards honor the best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and work created for the Web.

The award-winning weed video is the third in a series of documentary videos to educate and inspire outdoor enthusiasts to join the effort to protect the ecosystems they love.

Titled "Playing Smart Against Invasive Species: How to Enjoy and Protect the Great Outdoors," the video demonstrates that people can spread weeds while participating in all forms of outdoor recreation, including horseback riding, rafting, rock climbing, boating and camping. The video offers tips to prevent the spread of invasive plants, animals and pathogens. It puts the issue of invasive species in the context of prevention, control and ethics.

The video and two others in the series can be seen on the Forest Service Invasive Species Program website.

The previous videos are titled "Defending Favorite Places: How Hunters and Anglers can stop the Spread of Invasive Species" and "Dangerous Travelers: Controlling Invasive Plants Along America's Roadways. The videos are part of the National Invasive Species Threat Campaign, with support from many organizations, including the CIPM at MSU.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu