Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The program includes pest surveys and risk assessments, as well as inspections, investigations, quarantines and enforcement actions to assure regulatory compliance.
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
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.
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.
The program classifies exotic species and regulates the importation, transplantation, possession, and sale of exotic wildlife.