Montana Invasive Species
Invasive species harm our lands, waters and native species.
Feral swine are highly destructive and potentially dangerous animals. Biologists describe feral swine as any swine not confined in fences. Their spread is blamed for an estimated $1.5 billion worth of damage to crops, wildlife, and the environment. These swine can carry over 30 diseases and parasites that pose a threat to livestock and humans, including swine brucellosis and pseudorabies.
Moving firewood long distances can spread forest pests like the emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and other damaging insects and diseases. You can protect the places you love by preventing the spread of forest pests on firewood. Don’t move firewood long distances or bring it from out of state. Instead, buy firewood near where you’ll burn it, or gather firewood on-site when permitted. The Don’t Move Firewood campaign believes that everyone has the power to slow the spread of invasive tree-killing insects.
Montana’s official campaign to protect the state’s waters from aquatic invasive species.
Abandoned pets and plant materials that are released into the wild can become a serious invasive species threat. The Don’t Let It Loose campaign educates the public on the issue of releasing pets into the wild and provides solutions for unwanted pets.
An annual event to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, national, and international levels.
With partial funding from the USDA Forest Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) launched the outreach campaign PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks® in 2012. Since then the campaign has expanded to include partner organizations across North America.
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.