The Montana Invasive Species Council wants feedback on its plan for what the state and its partners should do if new infestations of weeds, pests and wildlife diseases are detected in the state.
The draft Invasive Species Rapid Response Guidelines outlines management steps from identification through potential quarantine measures to contain or eradicate a new infestation, with the goal of avoiding potential costly damage to infrastructure, personal property and ecosystems.
The draft document also incorporates existing regional plans for a number of high priority species, like zebra and quagga mussels, chronic wasting disease and the emerald ash borer.
The Council will accept public comments through August 13. The final guidelines will be submitted in October this year.
Public comment can be submitted electronically to Stephanie Hester, Council Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to DNRC, CARDD, PO Box 201601, Helena, MT 59620.