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Ballast boats need decontamination at watercraft inspection station

Boat owners transporting watercraft with ballast tanks or bladders will undergo additional cleaning at watercraft inspection stations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The Montana Legislature passed a law requiring watercraft with ballast tanks or bladders to be decontaminated before launching on Montana waters. Decontamination is required when coming into Montana from out-of-state […]
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2019 Montana Range Tour

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Level 2 Noxious Weed Management Workshop Offered in September

The Level 2 Noxious Weed Management Workshop will be held September 10-12, 2019, in Bozeman, MT. Please see attached draft agenda and registration form. Registration deadline is August 30, 2019, and registration is limited to 30 participants. I need your help in deciding which species to cover during the species-specific presentations on the morning of […]
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MDA Trust Fund Grant Coordinator Position Remains Open

The Noxious Weed Trust Fund Coordinator position has been posted and will be open until filled. Please pass this along to any additional contacts you may have. https://mtstatejobs.taleo.net/careersection/200/jobdetail.ftl?job=19141176&tz=GMT-06%3A00&tzname= Jasmine Reimer State Noxious Weed Coordinator Noxious Weed Program Manager Montana Department of Agriculture Office: 406-444-3140 Cell: 406-461-9207 jreimer@mt.gov
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Montana Range Days Comes to Dillon June 18 & 19

Montana Range Days Offers Tour Opportunities Dillon, Mont., May 29, 2019 – The Beaverhead Conservation District is excited to announce two days of range tours offered in conjunction with Montana Range Days. On June 18 and 19, participants will visit some of the most advanced ranching operations in Beaverhead and Madison counties, explore divergent management […]
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Public Comment Needed for Hawkweed Biocontrol Agent

I would like to announce that the USDA-APHIS has posted the “Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Release of Cheilosia urbana” (for the biological control of invasive hawkweed) in the Federal Register, May 28th.  Information regarding this EA may viewed via the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/28/2019-11027/notice-of-availability-of-an-environmental-assessment-for-the-release-of-cheilosia-urbana  There is a 30 day public comment […]
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Feral swine amass at Montana’s northern border

BRETT FRENCH french@billingsgazette.com May 26, 2019 It sounds like a bad horror movie. Canadian wild pigs are amassing at Montana’s northern border. It’s only a matter of time before they wander south and begin their destructive assault on everything from wildlife to agricultural fields and even archaeological sites. “Oh, absolutely it’s a concern,” said Stephanie […]
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Montana Weed Awareness Week June 2 – 8, 2019

June 2 – 8, 2019, is Montana’s Weed Awareness Week! Be sure to engage your local weed managers and public at large about the impact of noxious weeds. The Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign has a variety of items to help with education, and MWCA has publications available for distribution as well as fabulous weed […]
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PlayCleanGo Awareness Week Is June 1–8, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hannah Bowers, National PlayCleanGo Communications Manager, Hannah@PlayCleanGo.org , 414.209.4091 Outdoor Recreation Plays Key Role In Spreading — and Stopping — Invasive Species Milwaukee, WI – The first-ever PlayCleanGo Awareness Week will take place June 1–8, 2019, with events occurring across North America. PlayCleanGo Awareness Week is part of a national campaign […]
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MT Association of Counties releases 2019 Legislative Report

The 66th Legislative Session officially came to a close on the afternoon of Thursday, April 25th, after 87 days, 3,324 bill draft requests, 1,309 introduced bills, and 270,131 Floor Votes. In our final 2019 issue of the Legislative Update, check out what bills passed and get their effective dates; see what was vetoed as well […]
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