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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


Request for Nominations: Montana Invasive Species Council and Upper Columbia Conservation Commission

Governor Bullock signed HB 622, which codifies the Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) originally established through Executive Order and establishes the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3).  Both Councils are attached to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for administrative purposes.

The purpose of the MISC is to advise the Governor on a science-based, comprehensive program to identify, prevent, eliminate, reduce, and mitigate the impacts of invasive species in Montana and to coordinate with public and private partners to develop and implement statewide invasive species strategic plans. The governor’s office is requesting the nomination for individuals with invasive species expertise to serve on the MISC to represent the following: county weed districts, conservation districts, the Montana state university extension service, agriculture, conservation organizations, wildlife organizations, fishing organizations, hydropower utility industry, and private landowners.

The purpose of the UC3 is to protect the aquatic environment in tributaries to the Columbia river from the threat of invasive species. Through cooperative efforts, the UC3 is tasked with monitoring the condition of aquatic resources in the tributaries to the Columbia river by providing coordination on response and detection efforts. The governor’s office is requesting the nomination for individuals with aquatic invasive species expertise in the Upper Columbia River Basin to serve on the UC3 to represent the following: one member at large, hydropower utility industry, electric cooperatives located within the Columbia river basin in Montana, conservation districts, recreation organizations, private industry, and private landowners. 

To nominate an individual please contact Stephanie Hester.


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.

Contact Us:

Stephanie Hester

Council Liaison

406.444.0547

shester@mt.gov

Meeting Schedule

Date:          May 31, 2017

Time:          10 a.m. — 2 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)