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Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC)


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


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The  Montana Invasive Species Council is a statewide partnership working to protect Montana's economy, natural resources, and public health through a coordinated approach to combat invasive species.


Montana Invasive Species Framework

The Montana Invasive Species 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 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:

COORDINATIONCoordinate invasive species efforts, focusing on common priorities, and sharing information regarding management outcomes to build a successful invasive species program.

PREVENTIONProtect Montana’s natural resources and reduce the future burdens of invasive species impacts by restricting the introduction of harmful species.

DETECTIONSearch for new populations of invasive species, monitor existing populations, and communicate findings so the risk they pose can be assessed and appropriately managed.

RAPID RESPONSEBuild capacity to eradicate, control, or contain populations of invasive species that have newly invaded and pose a risk to Montana

CONTROLReduce the negative impact of established invasive species to Montana’s economy, environment, and culture.  


Contact Us:

Stephanie Criswell
MISC Coordinator

Meeting Schedule

April 9, 2020 ~ Teleconference
AIS grant hearings

September 3, 2020 ~ Helena

December 2, 2020 ~ Helena