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Invasive Species Advisory Council: Governor Bullock signed an executive order December 4, 2014 establishing an Invasive Species Advisory Council in Montana. We appreciate the commitment and vision of the Governor, his staff, and others in Montana that worked hard to move this concept forward!! Also, special thanks to everyone who took time to attend the signing and visit with the Governor, it was a VERY positive showing for invasive species management in Montana!

Regional/National News:
☞ Alberta, Canada: Read attached update from Kate Wilson on AIS activities (boat inspections and more) in Alberta, Canada
☞ Level II Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainings (WIT/WID) for FALL of 2014. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and its 100th Meridian Initiative partners are announcing and sponsoring the training at Lake Mead, NV and Lake Pleasant, AZ in September and October. For more information see attached. [ Stephen Phillips].
☞ Zequanox Approved: Marrone Bio Invasions has announced that he EPA has approved zequanox for open water uses. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/epa-approves-zequanoxr-for-invasive-mussel-control-in-open-water-2014-07-08 [B. Wiltshire]
☞ Current distribution map of zebra and quagga mussels (USGS) available at: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/mollusks/zebramussel/maps/current_zm_quag_map.jpg
☞ Utah: Status of quagga/zebra mussel-infested and ‘inconclusive’ water bodies is available at http://wildlife.utah.gov/invasive-mussels/status-definitions.html
☞ New Mexico: Boaters educated on AIS to keep New Mexico waters invasive mussel free. Read more at http://www.santafenewmexican.com/outdoors/boaters-must-be-wary-of-invasive-mussels/article_790d3fef-1242-5e3d-a6b7-191f467add97.html

Research
☞ Selective Control of Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed in Noxon Rapids Reservoir, Montana Aquatic Herbicide Evaluations, 2010-2011 (Getsinger et al). Full report at: http://www.gri.msstate.edu/publications/docs/2014/03/12411Noxon_Rapids_EWM_Small_Plot_2010-11_ERDC_TR.pdf
☞ Operational Evaluation of Phoslock Phosphorus Locking Technology in Laguna Niguel Lake, California. See attached paper [T. McNabb].

Aquatic news provides periodic updates about aquatic invasive species projects, programs, research, and events in Montana and the region. Please pass along information you would like to share with the group.

Best regards,

Celestine Duncan, contractor DNRC
PO Box 1385
Helena, MT 59624
406-443-1469 o/ 406-431-0264 cell
weeds1@mt.net

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Click for more information Sniffing for Mussels

This summer, the Flathead Basin Commission will be partnering with Working Dogs for Conservation to pilot a Mussel Sniffing Dog program. The dogs, Wicket and Lily, are trained to sniff ONLY aquatic invaders and will be out and about the basin this summer. Come meet the dogs in Ronan this Fourth of July weekend and read more about the dogs at the following links:
Dogs helping out Montana conservationists
Putting Dogs to Work
Sniffing Out Trouble
Why you may see dogs at boat check station this summer
Conservation Canine Joins the Fight Against Invasive Species
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The Flathead Basin Commission, in conjunction with the Governor's Office and the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC), is assisting with the implementation of the B.C.-MT Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU prohibited strip mining in the B.C. Flathead, and focuses on issues ranging from the protection of transboundary fish and wildlife populations to green energy development. The Phase I scope of work for the MOU is currently underway, and focuses on fisheries protection and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention.

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Wicket is one of the most accomplished conservation detection dogs in the world right now. The two species of Mussels will be the 21st and 22nd scents that she has learned! An amazing number. Wicket was also one of the fastest dogs ever to be trained, with just 8 weeks from being rescued to the field.


Lily is a yellow lab/southern belle cross and the youngest in the pack, but with a very bright future ahead. Miss Lil was adopted from Smartcritters in Lawrenceville, Georgia and is currently trained on six scents.

 
 
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Caryn Miske Executive Director
Flathead Basin Commission
655 Timberwolf Parkway
Kalispell Montana 59901
406-240-3453 e-mail: cmiske@mt.gov

 

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