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Glacier Park to inspect watercraft before launching in park waters

To curb the threat of introducing aquatic invasive species, motorized and trailered watercraft will continue to be restricted on all waters in Glacier National Park this season, but nonmotorized and non-trailered craft will be allowed, park officials say in a media release.  Click on the sentence below to access the full story. This year, non-motorized […]

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Grants Available to Help Fund Proposals to Combat Invasive Species in Michigan

More than $3 million is available in grant funding to help target invasive species. Funding proposals for 2017 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to […]

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Idaho boating rule for invasive species stickers clarified; education merit questioned

Most kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are among the vessels required to have state Invasive Species Stickers before launching in Idaho waters, state officials says. The requirement surprises some boaters with small vessels, officials say. And some boaters say they wouldn’t mind paying the fee if it resulted in more education about the consequences of aquatic […]

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Stinky, rotting fish are polluting Kentucky and Barkley lakes

You smell them before you see them. It’s the pungent stench of rotting fish that litter the shorelines of Kentucky and Barkley lakes. There are thousands of them. Silver carp that inexplicably are beaching themselves in both lakes and creating an unpleasant experience for anglers and recreational boaters. “They’re everywhere; from the I-40 bridge all the way […]

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Why invasive plants love climate change

America is under attack by a group of bad actors with deceptively innocent names. Their roles could have been written for a bizarre science-fiction movie. Carp. Bullfrogs. Beetles. Mosquitoes. Grasses. Diatoms. As vastly different as these swimming, croaking, creeping, biting, waving-in-the-slightest-breeze and microscopic single-cell organisms are, some types have one truly scary thing in common: […]

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Idaho invasive species sticker requirements for watercraft clarified

Most kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are among the vessels required to have state Invasive Species Stickers before launching in Idaho waters, state officials says.  A story in The Spokesman-Review last Thursday regarding the regional effort to confront aquatic invasive species was not complete in describing the vessels that must meet the requirement, said Jennifer Okerlund, […]

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Michigan Announces $3.6 Million to Target Invasive Species

Funding proposals for 2017 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program – a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development – is part of a statewide initiative launched in 2014 to help […]

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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 6 in Sanford, FL

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, May 6, at the zoo. People may surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet […]

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Watching for invasive species: Vermont community gears up for greeter program

Greeters will be educating users of the 121-acre Lake Raponda on the dangers of invasive species and other aquatic nuisances this summer. The state and the town are chipping in to fund the program. “The Lake Raponda Association has put in money as well,” said Jim Shukie, association president, noting that other bodies of water […]

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Montana creates new bureau to handle aquatic invasive species

Montana officials have created a new bureau that will be responsible for preventing, detecting and controlling aquatic invasive species. Reports say the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Park has hired former Idaho Aquatic Program Manager Thomas Woolf to lead the bureau. FWP spokesman Greg Lemon says Woolf will begin working by the middle of […]

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