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Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC)

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Montanans cherish our outdoor recreation and spaces, and those spaces play a crucial role in our state’s vibrant economy. It is imperative that we do everything we can to protect Montana from the threat of invasive species that disrupt our land, water, and native species. None of us want another knapweed spreading across Montana.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ­—Governor Steve Bullock


Montana Invasive Species Strategic Framework Released

The Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council was proactively created by the Montana Governor’s office in 2015 and tasked with identifying priority invasive species issues and making recommendations to improve invasive species management.

The Council completed a Statewide Assessment of the individuals, groups and agencies working on invasive species, their management priorities, and an estimate of their expenditures in March of 2016. Following this Assessment, MISAC hosted a Summit attended by 175 representatives from across the state in April 2016 to prioritize the invasive species management challenges faced by a state with many habitats, borders, and partners.

From those discussions along with four public listening sessions held in September and October 2016 located in Miles City, Wolf Point, Great Falls, and Pablo, the Montana Invasive Species Strategic Framework was developed to include all partners and stakeholders in managing invasive species including federal, tribal, state, county, non-profit, private companies, landowners, and the people of Montana. The Framework includes over 90 coordinated actions that would better protect Montana from invasive species, 5 key areas highlighted for improvements are listed below:

1) Coordination: Respond to invasive species as a shared responsibility and a common priority across the state by integrating and strengthening Montana’s management.

2) Prevention: Reduce the transport of invasive species into and within Montana by fully engaging existing entities and resources.

3) Detection: Identify invasive species and responsibly share the locations of high priority invasive species across jurisdictions in Montana to focus and improve management

4) Rapid Response: Develop a generalized rapid response plan for emerging invasive species.

5) Control: Grow both capacity and expertise in managing invasive species in Montana to improve program effectiveness.  

WHAT WE DO

The purpose of the Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council shall be to advise the Governor on a science-based, comprehensive program to identify, prevent, eliminate, reduce, and mitigate the impacts of invasive species in Montana.

MISAC’s role is to:

Provide recommendations, direction, and planning for combating infestations of invasive species throughout the state, while preventing the introduction of others;

To foster cooperation, communication, and coordinated approaches that support international, federal, regional, state, local, and tribal initiatives for the prevention, early detection and control of invasive species;

Serve as a nonpartisan forum that would achieve a science-based interdisciplinary and comprehensive understanding of the current status, trends and potential threats of invasive species in Montana;

Identify priorities for prevention and control of invasive species in Montana;

Recommend and take measures that will encourage prevention, early detection, and control of harmful invasive species in Montana;

Champion priority invasive species issues identified by stakeholders to best protect the state; and

Advise and work with agency personnel, local efforts, and the scientific community to implement program priorities.


WHO WE ARE

Board Member

Address

Term Start

Term End

Representing

Bryce Christiaens, Chair

Missoula

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

County Weed Districts; Missoula County Weed District

Tom Boos, Vice Chair

Helena

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Steve Wanderaas, Vice Chair

Vida

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

Montana Conservation Districts; McCone Conservation District

Amy Gannon

Missoula

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Andy Welch


Chip Weber

Helena

Kalispell

10/14/16

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

12/01/2016

Hydropower utility; Northwestern Energy

U.S. Forest Service

Dave Burch

Helena

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

MT Department of Agriculture

Floyd Thompson

 Billings

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

Bureau of Land Management

Gary Adams

Helena

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service

Jane Mangold

Bozeman

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

Montana State University Extension

Jeffrey Baumberger

Billings

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Monica Pokorny

Bozeman 12/01/16 12/01/2016

Natural Resources Conservation Svs

Lindy Garner

Great Falls

2/20/2015

12/01/2016

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Mark Aagenes

Missoula

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

Conservation Organizations; The Nature Conservancy

Mike Miller

Helena

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

Department of Transportation

Patricia Gilbert

Fort Peck

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Steven Bekedam

Livingston

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

U.S. National Park Service

Steven Tyrrel

Billings

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

Private Industry; Integrated Ag. Services Inc.

Thompson Smith

Charlo

9/11/2015

12/01/2016

Natural Resource Organizations, Flathead Basin Commission

Virgil Dupuis

Pablo

02/20/2015

12/01/2016

Tribal Government


Vacancies:

Private landowner

Contact Us:

Stephanie Hester

Council Liaison

406.444.0547

shester@mt.gov

Meeting Schedule

Date:          January 31, 2017

Time:          10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Location:  Montana Historical Society Auditorium, Helena


Priorities

1)  Assessment and gap analysis of Montana’s invasive species programs (complete)

2)  Invasive Species Summit to develop shared vision  (complete)

3)  Montana Invasive Species Strategic Plan (in final production)