Protecting ecological system integrity is a top priority of the Company for ground leased by Black Butte Copper. The cattle ranchers from whom Black Butte Copper leases land highly value the health of their rangeland and its protection from noxious weeds. If not addressed, noxious weeds can damage the economic stability and environmental integrity of an ecosystem. Across the nation, successful management of these landscapes require an aggressive noxious weed management plan. To ensure proper noxious weed management, the Company contracts specialists to identify non-native weed locations and to complete a specified spray program to control and if possible, eliminate noxious weeds. In addition, the noxious weed team completes a yearly survey and develops an annual plan for future monitoring and follow-up activities to control and eliminate noxious weeds.