“This is star thistle, knapweed, dalmation toadflax, leafy spurge,” Caswell said, pointing out the leafy blooms.
Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s recommended budget for Caswell’s agency includes $82,900 to add a state invasive species coordinator to implement a new plan for keeping all invasive species out of Idaho. But tight-fisted budget panel members wondered whether there was money to add the position next year.
“I think there is doubt, but it’s an important opportunity,” Caswell said, fingering a bright plastic flower. “This stuff is really damaging. It costs big money once it’s loose.”