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Spotlights

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

    New this year, nonresidents launching watercraft in Montana must purchase a Vessel AIS Prevention Pass.  

    • The fee for motorboats is $30 and applies to all motorized watercraft that is registered in another state our country.
    • The fee for nonmotorized watercraft is $10 and applies to rafts, kayaks, drift boats, catamarans, and sailboats that nonresidents bring into Montana.
    • The Vessel AIS Prevention Pass expires Dec. 31 and is not transferrable between vessels.

    Boaters are reminded that all watercraft coming into Montana from out of state must be inspected prior to launching. Anyone transporting watercraft must stop at all open watercraft inspection stations they encounter. To find a watercraft inspection station or to learn more, go to CleanDrainDryMT.com or call the FWP Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau at 406-444-2440.

  • Montana Invasive Species Council.
    Montana’s economy could see more than $230 million in annual mitigation costs and lost revenue if invasive mussels become established in the state, according to a report released by the Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC). Commissioned by MISC and completed by the University of Montana Flathead Biological Station, the economic impact study provides “a snapshot of projected direct costs to affected stakeholders dependent on water resources,” said Bryce Christiaens, MISC chair. “It does not reflect the total economic impact to the state, which would be considerably higher.” View a one-page fact sheet (PDF | 484 KB) or the full report (PDF | 4.0 MB).
  • Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation.
    "Forest Health Highlights" (FHHs) are an annual summary of forest insect and disease conditions in Montana. They summarize key findings from the Montana Forest Insect and Disease Conditions and Program Highlights report along with project updates specific to the Montana DNRC Forest Pest Management program.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
    Following the detection of invasive aquatic mussel larvae in Nov 2016, the State of Montana's Mussel Response Team was formed to rapidly assess the extent and severity of the mussel incident impacting Montana's waterways. Aquatic invasive species (AIS), including diseases, are easily spread from one water body to the other. To protect Montana’s waters and native aquatic species, please follow the rules and guidelines... clean, drain, dry.
  • Upper Columbia Conservation Commission; Montana Invasive Species Council. Montana Invasive Species.

    Feral swine are highly destructive and potentially dangerous animals. Biologists describe feral swine as any swine not confined in fences. Their spread is blamed for an estimated $1.5 billion worth of damage to crops, wildlife, and the environment. To prevent the introduction of feral swine into Montana, the 2015 Legislature prohibited the transportation, possession, and hunting of feral swine. There are no known established populations in Montana, although there are populations as close as North Dakota and Saskatchewan. Early detection and rapid response are the keys to success. Eradicating small populations and minimizing the impacts of these invasive species are important to protect the economy and natural resources of the region. If you see a feral swine, report it immediately by calling 406-444-2976.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this locaton, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Montana.

Partnership

Upper Columbia Conservation Commission; Montana Invasive Species Council.

Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign.

State and Local Government

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Forestry Division.

Montana Department of Agriculture.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

Academic

Montana State University.
The Center for Invasive Species Management closed in 2015. Archives of relevant materials are available here.
Montana State University. Extension Service.
Montana State University. Extension Service.
Montana State University. College of Agriculture.

Professional

Montana Weed Control Association.