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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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Appointees Named to Invasive Species Council

For the past two years, the Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) has been working on a strategy to improve invasive species management in the state. The result of that work is the Montana Invasive Species Strategic Framework, which offers more than 90 coordinated actions to better protect Montana lands, waters, and public health from invasive species. The framework served as the basis for Montana’s long-term plan to address invasive mussels after they were detected in two waterways last year.

“Montanans cherish our outdoor recreation and open spaces, and those spaces play a crucial role in our state’s vibrant economy,” Bullock said. “It’s 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 infestation spreading across Montana.”

The MISC was renewed by the 2017 Legislature and is charged with advising 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 following individuals / organizations have been appointed to serve on the council:

David Brooks, Missoula. Qualification: representative of fishing organizations. Brooks is the Executive Director of Montana Trout Unlimited.

Bryce Christiaens, Missoula. Qualification: representative of county weed districts. Christiaens is a weed districts manager in Missoula County and will serve as chairperson.

Dennis Clairmont, Pablo. Qualification: representative of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Government. Clairmont represents the Pablo District on the CSKT Tribal Council.

Amy Gannon, Missoula. Qualification: representative of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Gannon is a Pest Management Specialist at DNRC.

Leigh Greenwood, Missoula. Qualification: representative of Conservation Organizations. Greenwood is the Don’t Move Firewood Campaign manager with the Nature Conservancy.

Jane Mangold, Bozeman. Qualification: representative of the Montana State University Extension Service. Mangold is an associate professor in the Land Resources and Environmental Sciences department at Montana State University.

Kim Mangold, Helena. Qualification: representative of the Montana Department of Agriculture. Mangold is the Deputy Director of MDA.

Mike Miller, Helena. Qualification: representative of Montana Department of Transportation. Miller is a Noxious Weed Coordinator at MDT.

Steve Tyrrel, Lavina. Qualification: representative of agriculture. Tyrrel is the Vice President and CEO of Integrated Ag Services, Inc.

Steve Wanderaas, Vida. Qualification: representative of conservation districts. Wanderaas is a private land owner and farmer in McCone County.

Andy Welch, Helena. Qualification: representative of hydropower utility industry. Welch is a Hydropower Compliance Specialist for Northwestern Energy.

Tom Woolf, Helena. Qualification: representative of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Woolf is the Chief of the Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau at FWP. 

“The individuals selected bring together the best invasive species expertise and experience in the state for all types of invasives, from pests to aquatic weeds,” Bullock said. “I look forward to hearing from them.”

Montana Invasive Species Strategic Framework

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:          August 30, 2017

Time:          10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Location:  State Capitol Building


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 Framework (complete)

4) Implement the Invasive Species Strategic Framework (in process)