Invasive species harm our lands, waters and native species.

Partners and Resources

National Prevention Campaign Partners

Montana works with many regional and national outreach campaigns to ensure our outreach and educational programs are consistent and efficiently run. The campaigns we currently partner with include Don’t Move Firewood, PlayCleanGo, Squeal on Pigs, Don’t Let It Loose, Clean Drain Dry Montana, etc. To learn more about all of the campaigns, visit our Prevention Campaigns page.

Blackfeet Nation

The Blackfeet Nation operates watercraft inspection stations, provides invasive species education and outreach, and monitors their waters.

Central and Eastern Montana Invasive Mussel Team

CEMIST is a grassroots effort of watershed groups, conservation districts, irrigators, and other concerned citizens Working together to strengthen and support invasive species prevention East of the Continental Divide in Montana. For more information, visit

Columbia River Basin/100th Meridian

The 100th Meridian Initiative is a cooperative effort between local, state, provincial, regional and federal agencies to prevent the westward spread of zebra/quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America. The Columbia River Basin Team is comprised of 100th Meridian Initiative partners primarily in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and British Columbia.

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

CSKT's Aquatic Invasive Species Program includes early detection monitoring, education and outreach, and watercraft inspection and decontamination.

Garfield Conservation District

Garfield Conservation District provides invasive species outreach and education and currently operates the Flowing Wells watercraft inspection station.

Flathead Lake Biological Station

The Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) is a Center of Excellence and administrative unit within the University of Montana system. FLBS research focuses on early detection of AIS and mussels. Early detection may offer the only way to eradicate mussels in a water body.

Invasive Species Action Network

The Invasive Species Action Network (ISAN) is dedicated to reducing the human-caused spread of invasive species. ISAN provides solutions to invasive species problems by focusing on scientific research, education programs, and policy development.

Montana Biological Weed Control Coordination Project

Montana Biological Weed Control Coordination Project (MTBCP) is a grassroots effort created to provide the leadership, coordination, and education necessary to enable land managers across Montana to successfully incorporate biological weed control into their noxious weed management programs.

Montana Invasive Species Council

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

Montana Natural Heritage Program

The Montana Natural Heritage Program is part of the Montana State Library’s Natural Resource Information System. The program manages the state’s invasive species data.

Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign

The Campaign works to educate the people of Montana about the economic and environmental impacts of noxious weeds while encouraging the public to participate in ecologically based integrated weed management.

Montana State University Extension

MSU Extension agriculture and natural resources programs apply university research and resources to help agricultural producers and landowners. Its pest management program includes cropland weeds, integrated pest management, invasive plants, pesticide education, the Schutter Diagnostic Lab, and urban integrated pest management.

Montana Weed Control Association

MWCA members are dedicated to terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management. Our members include professional weed managers representing many government agencies, private and commercial applicators, non-governmental organizations, and concerned citizens.

National Invasive Species Council

National Invasive Species Council membership resides with the highest level of Federal leadership. The overarching duty of the council is to provide the high-level vision and leadership necessary to sustain and expand Federal efforts to safeguard interests of the United States by preventing, eradicating, and controlling invasive species, as well as restoring ecosystems and other assets impacted by invasive species.

Upper Columbia Conservation Commission

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.

Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

The Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species was formed in 1997 to help limit the introduction, spread and impacts of aquatic nuisance species into the Western Region of North America.

Whitefish Lake Institute

Founded in 2005, the Whitefish Lake Institute is committed to science, education, and community stewardship to protect and improve Whitefish Lake and Whitefish are water resources today, while providing a collective vision for tomorrow. WLI’s programs include AIS monitoring.