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1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Montana Invasive Species Program


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Invasive species include plants, animals, and pathogens that are non-native to our ecosystem and cause harm to natural and cultural resources, the economy, and human health.

Some non-native plants and animals have caused vast damage to our natural resources as well as our economy. Economic impacts can be huge. in the wake of the invasive mussel detections of fall 2016, the state has more than doubled its yearly spending for prevention and control to stop the spread to other Montana waters. 

But other species have not yet become established in Montana. Some, such as feral hogs, and the emerald ash-borer, could have devastating consequences. In recent years, we have greatly improved our system of perimeter defense and inspection stations. We are fortunate that Montana remains relatively free of invasive species that have wreaked havoc in other states, but it is imperative that we do all in our power to better protect Montana from new invasive introductions, even as we strengthen our ongoing campaigns against existing non-native species. 

The Invasive Species Program at DNRC was established to address this complex problem and includes the following primary functions:

Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC)

The MISC is a statewide partnership working to protect Montana’s economy, natural resources, and public health through a coordinated approach to combat invasive species


Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3)

The purpose of the UC3 is to protect the aquatic environment in tributaries to the Columbia River from the threat of invasive species by developing an annual monitoring plan and planning and implementing a rapid response plan and related exercises for preparation of an invasive mussel detection in the Columbia River Basin.   


Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program

DNRC offers state-funded grants for the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The goal of the grants is to protect the natural resources of Montana from severe and unacceptable damage from aquatic invasive species.


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