Aquatic Invasive Species - Montana Mussel Response
The Lolo National Forest, through the Southwestern Crown efforts, works to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) on two fronts. The first effort is through a partnership with the Clearwater Resource Council, which conducts inventory and monitoring of AIS throughout the “Chain of Lakes” within the Clearwater watershed. This is done through physical monitoring on the lakes themselves along with water sampling and the use of eDNA to detect presence or absence of certain invasive species. This effort also includes outreach with Lake Homeowner associations and campground visits, talking to people about the impacts of AIS. The second effort is also a partnership - with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks – which supports watercraft inspections conducted at Clearwater Junction south of Seeley Lake. This check station is located strategically at the southern gateway to the Flathead River systems as well as the Clearwater Chain of Lakes which are both popular fishing and recreation destinations. The state of Montana is also currently working hard with partner agencies, volunteers and the public to prevent invasive mussels from becoming established. To learn more about that effort please visit the state’s Clean, Drain, and Dry site.