Invasive species harm our lands, waters and native species.

State Programs

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC)

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.

Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3)

The Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) was established in the 2017 Montana legislative session to protect the waters of the Columbia River from the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The UC3 is a multi-stakeholder government entity that strives to enhance coordination, communication and prevention activities related to the prevention of AIS such as zebra and quagga mussels.

Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program (DNRC/MISC)

In coordination with MISC, DNRC offers state-funded grants for the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The goal of the grants is to protect the natural resources of Montana from severe and unacceptable damage from aquatic invasive species.

Forest Pest Management

The Forest Pest Management (FPM) Program provides expertise in forest insects and diseases to owners and managers of forest lands in Montana. Services include identifying and managing forest insects and diseases; professional training and educational outreach; detecting and monitoring invasive pests; granting funds for forest pest management projects; and reporting forest pest status and trends.

Department of Agriculture

Noxious Weeds Program

The Department's Noxious Weed Programs offer resources and assistance with the management of state- and county-listed noxious weeds. The program includes Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants, Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program, Noxious Weed ID & Education, and Statewide Noxious Weed Coordination.

Agriculture in the Classroom–Montana Invasive Species Education (MISE)

The MISE project is k-8 educational curricula aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about invasive species that are and can be detrimental to Montana’s agriculture, recreation/tourism industry, the economy and our environment. Target grades are 6-8 for the lesson plans but can be adapted for younger or older classes.

Pesticide Program

The Montana Department of Agriculture has the responsibility to ensure that pesticides are available for use and do not pose an unreasonable adverse effect on human health or the environment.

Invasive Pests and Disease

The program includes pest surveys and risk assessments, as well as inspections, investigations, quarantines and enforcement actions to assure regulatory compliance.

Montana State University-Extension, Integrated Pest Management

MSU-Ext.’s IPM program

MSU-Ext.’s IPM program encompasses four areas; agronomic crops, communities, pest diagnostic facilities, and pesticide education. The overall goal of the Integrated Pest Management program is to develop and deliver information on IPM practices in Montana.

Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Aquatic Invasive Species Program (FWP)

Montana's Aquatic Invasive Species Program includes watercraft inspections, early detection monitoring, response planning and education and outreach. Find information about watercraft inspections locations and hours, monitoring, and outreach resources including graphics, partners and videos here.

AIS Species Identification

Early detection allows FWP biologists to locate small or source AIS populations, while monitoring allows FWP to study existing population trends and investigate suspect findings. Find AIS profiles and distribution maps here.

Exotic Species

The program classifies exotic species and regulates the importation, transplantation, possession, and sale of exotic wildlife.