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First Annual Watercraft Inspector Appreciation Week August 2nd-8th, 2021

WIS appreciation week

These vital staff, stationed at 20+ Watercraft Inspection Locations around the state, protect Montana’s waters from harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS). It is a hot, tough job. Already this year, they have encountered more traffic and intercepted a record number of zebra/quagga mussel-fouled boats, surpassing the number intercepted in 2020. 

Various activities and events are being planned during appreciation week at stations across the state and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Stakeholders and the public are encouraged to stop in to say hello and thank their local watercraft inspectors, post/share on social media or, if possible, coordinate with a site supervisor in planning something special to say thank you to the inspectors who work hard to engage the public, ensure boats are cleaned, drained and dry before they launch in Montana waters; Protecting Our Waters everyday.

Businesses, conservation groups and others are invited to “adopt” a station and help support their local watercraft inspectors. If you can help with this effort, contact Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 406-444-7815 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Show Your Appreciation By:

1. Spreading the word NOT the invasive species! 

  • Please share news of appreciation week in anyway you can (social media, local bulletin boards, email lists, etc.). The more folks that now about the event the more participation we will have!
  • If sharing on Facebook please tag @ProtectOurWatersMontana and use  hashtags #LoveYourBoatInspector and #ProtectOurWatersMontana.

2. Coming out and showing support!

  • Encourage your co-workers, friends, and family to stop in at their local watercraft inspection station to say hello and thank their watercraft inspectors for protecting our waters.

3. Donating (non-cash) items or ‘adopting’ your local watercraft inspection station

  • Work with your local station’s supervisor to provide treats/lunches, site improvement items, prizes, swag, activities, etc. during the week of August 2-8th.
  • If you are interested in donating or ‘adopting’ a station, contact Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 406-444-7815 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be put in touch with your local station’s supervisor.

Thank You Montana Watercraft Inspectors! 

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Pictured: CSKT AIS inspection staff- top row, left to right are: Jayante Pichette, Emonie Couture, Lacey Parker and Elias Alexander. Middle row, left to right are: Mitchel Parker, Frank Stinger and Tiffany Burland. Front row are: Amanda Bourdon and Isaac Lozeau. Photo from: Bernie Azure, Char-Koosta News

5 tips for boaters

In the News

07.08.21, Columbia Basin Bulletin, Montana has already stopped more mussel-fouled boats this year than all of 2020

07.01.21, MT FWP, July AIS Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Montana Watercraft Inspector Appreciation Week, Aug 2-8th: Statewide

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Summit, Aug 15-19th: Big Sky, MT

Flathead Basin Commission (FBC) Fall Meeting, Sept 8th: Polson, MT

Western Regional Panel (WRP) Annual Meeting, Sept 20-24th: Virtual

North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Annual Conference co-hosted with MISC, Sept 27-30th: Missoula, MT/Virtual

Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) Fall Meeting, Oct 13th: Trout Creek, MT

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Check out our website: https://invasivespecies.mt.gov/UC3 

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