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Invasive species laws, regulations focus of summit

HELENA, Mont — In the past year, the Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) conducted a comprehensive review of federal, state, local, and tribal laws and regulations pertaining to the management of invasive species in Montana. Issues identified in the review were then vetted with citizens, stakeholders, and partners across the state through public meetings and an online survey.

The culmination of the review, listening sessions and survey will be the focus of the 2018 Montana Invasive Species Summit, which takes place Nov. 15-16, 2018, at the Delta Hotels Helena Colonial, at 2301 Colonial Drive, in Helena, Mont.  

“The goal of the review is to provide lawmakers and managers with a compilation of all laws and regulations involving management of invasive species in Montana,” said Bryce Christiaens, chair of the Montana Invasive Species Council. “We want to identify gaps in funding, authority and management responsibility, and we want to evaluate the need for a comprehensive Montana Invasive Species Act.”

Christiaens said the Summit will feature panelists from Montana discussing the current structure and implementation of invasive species programs, along with out-of-state specialists, who will review models for different approaches to prevention and management. Some ‘hot topics’ that will be addressed include feral cats, northern pike, management of pathways such as hay and firewood, and the upcoming legislative session.

The Council encourages anyone who is interested in preserving the Montana’s native landscapes, culture, and ecosystems to participate in the Summit. For more information and to access a copy of the Invasive Species Law Review Compendium, visit MISC’s website at

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. All MISC meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Hester, MISC Coordinator at 406-444-0547.