Archive for Campaign Updates

Efforts continue to control aquatic invasive species

If you’ve lived in lakes country for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard about aquatic invasive species–the small and oftentimes microscopic plants and animals that inhabit lakes throughout the country. In the midst of all the other signage you pass each day, you’ve undoubtedly seen the, “Stop aquatic hitchhikers!” billboards and may have noticed […]

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The Passing of a Legend

Sharon Rushton lost her battle with cancer on May 16, 2017. She was born on born July 6, 1950 in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Velma and Dave Betz. Sharon is survived by her husband James Rushton, her stepson Chris Rushton and his wife Brandi from Fayetteville, AR, and grandson Taggart Rushton; mother Velma Betz […]

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Iowa asks Boaters to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers

Aquatic hitchhikers are invasive species – everything from zebra mussels to Eurasian watermilfoil – that move from one waterbody to another by hitchhiking on boats, in bait buckets and on other equipment used in the water. They often grow quickly and spread fast when brought to another lake or stream due to lack of natural […]

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Teaching Kids To Teach Parents About Aquatic Invasive Species

This week, the shore of the lower Flathead River west of Ronan is the biggest classroom in Montana. Fourth and fifth graders from across western Montana are here for the River Honoring, an annual event hosted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where they learn about the plants and animals native to the reservation. […]

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Stopping the invasion is up to you

Do not pick up hitchhikers: Here we are talking about aquatic nuisance species. There is a real invasion occurring all over the United States and it is primarily spread by people, especially fishers, boaters, hikers and anyone recreating from one body of water to another. All equipment that has touched the water or shore should […]

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21st Century Conservation — Made in America, Together

Ever since you were a kid, you’ve loved the outdoors.  Growing up, you vowed never to take an “inside job;” so after finishing community college, you started your own landscaping company.  Other than the details associated with running a small business, you enjoy the outside work, which is manual labor that requires you to be […]

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After 15 Years of Inspiring Proactive Conservation Behaviors, FWS Revamps Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

They are still dangerous, still expensive and have expanded considerably.  And they still are hitching rides on our equipment and are invading pristine lakes, rivers and coastal resources.  To combat these aquatic invaders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their partners continue to sponsor and promote the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM campaign. Even though the […]

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