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2017 Legislative Session – Help Us Support Two Weed Bills

January 2nd, 2017

Weed Peeps, I can hardly believe it, but the 2017 Legislative session is starting this week! So to get you up to speed, there are currently two bills we are involved with or supporting. One is a bill that has been drafted by the MT Dept of Ag and it amends pesticide fees and also provides stable funding for the State Noxious Weed Coordinator. That bill is HB 126 and it will be heard in the House Ag Committee on Thursday, January 5 at 3 p.m. If you support Montana’s Noxious Weed Program and support the state weed coordinator position, I highly encourage you to write letters, send emails to the House Ag Committee or attend in person to support this legislation.
MT Association of Counties (MACO) is working on a draft bill that will increase the vehicle fee percentage to provide much needed revenue to county weed programs and tribes across Montana and MWCA is a co-sponsor on this bill. The MWCA membership already approved of going for this revenue increase in 2014. This bill is being drafted and sounds like it will also be presented to the House Ag Committee when it is ready. As soon as I have the bill draft, I will send it out to you.

2017 House Ag Committee Members are:

Redfield, Alan (R) Chair
Staffanson, Scott (R) Vice Chair
Pierson, Gordon (D) Vice Chair
Anderson, Fred (R)
Bachmeier, Jacob (D)
Beard, Becky (R)
Bennett, Bryce (D)
Curdy, Willis (D)
Fleming, John (D)
Funk, Moffie (D)
Hamilton, Jim (D)
Harris, Bill (R)
Lenz, Dennis (R)
McKamey, Wendy (R)
Mortensen, Dale (R)
O’Hara, James (R)
Olsen, Andrea (D)
Perry, Zac (D)
Ricci, Vince (R)
Sales, Walt (R)
Sheldon-Galloway, Lola (R)
Webb, Peggy (R)
Windy Boy, Jonathan (D)

Secretary: Sydney Kessel,
Rm 468, (406) 444-1513

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. – Becky Kington at becky@mtweed.org or 406-684-5590.


Draft 2017 State Noxious Weed Plan For Your Review

January 2nd, 2017

MEMORANDUM

12/29/2016

 

TO:         All Interested Parties

FR:         Dave Burch, State Noxious Weed Coordinator

RE:         Draft 2017 State Noxious Weed Plan

Please find attached a PDF copy of the Draft 2017 Montana Noxious Weed Plan for your review, or view on the Departments website at: http://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/Weeds/MTWeedMgmtPlan_Rev2017_DRAFT.docx or

http://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/Weeds/MTWeedMgmtPlan_Rev2017_DRAFT.pdf.

We will be taking written comments/edits on the Plan until January 31, 2017 after which we will finalize the plan.  I encourage all agencies and entities listed in the plan to review their section and make edits as necessary.  You will notice we have made significant changes and yet kept vital information from the 2008 Plan.  Please send all comments/edits to me at dburch@mt.gov or by mail at:

Montana Department of Agriculture
Attn: Dave Burch
PO Box 200201
Helena MT 59620

This plan mirrors the newly produced Montana Invasive Species Framework, it is a very functional format, which will provide for easy updates as need over the next six years.

Please feel free to share this information with other appropriate individuals.

Dave Burch
Montana Department of Agriculture
State Noxious Weed Coordinator/Program Manager
406-444-3140
dburch@mt.gov


2016 MT Fall Biocontrol Meeting

December 12th, 2016

December 12  11:30 am – 5:30 pm  |  December 13   8:00 am – Noon
Gallatin County Weed District

AGENDA

We will provide lunch the first day so please RSVP so I will have enough lunch for all attendees.

As always the emphasis of this meeting is on research updates.  We are hopeful that we will get through all of the research updates on the 12th but if not they will begin again the morning of the 13th.

We will NOT be having a biocontrol working group meeting at the MWCA Annual Conference this year, so if you are interested in this information please attend!  We will be applying for government applicator license credits.   If you have any questions do not hesitate to get ahold of me and please remember to let me know if you are planning on attending.

Thank you,
Melissa

Melissa Maggio-Kassner
MT Biocontrol Coordinator
mmaggio@missoulaeduplace.org
406-258-4223


2016 Proposed Bylaws Changes – Membership Voting Soon

November 14th, 2016

Proposed MWCA Bylaws Changes 2016:

  • Article IV, Part (c) to read as follows: Election of the Board of Directors, passage of public policy statements and legislative resolutions and/or bylaw changes shall take place by electronic and or mailed ballot to all voting members in good standing. The MWCA staff shall email and or mail ballots to all members in good standing no later than December 1. All returned ballots must be postmarked by December 21 to be counted in the election results. Election shall be by simple majority of those voting. Should a simple majority not be received by any candidate for an office, that office shall be elected by a runoff vote between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.

 

  • Article VI, Section 5.01, Part (a) to read as follows: (a) The Fifty percent (50%) of the voting members of the Board of Directors present shall constitute a quorum at all board meetings. Each board member shall have one vote.

 

  • Article VI, Section 6.06, Parts (a) and (b) to read as follows: (a) The Board of Directors shall have a minimum of three (3) meetings each calendar year. The Executive Director shall notify each director of the time and place of each meeting by mail or email a minimum of ten (10) five (5) business days prior to each meeting. (b) Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or Vice President, upon ten (10) five (5) days’ notice by mail to each director.

 

  • Article V, Section 5.01, Parts (b) and (c) to read as follows: (b) Special meetings of the members of the Association may be called by President or upon petition in writing requesting the same by one-fourth of the members, or upon order of the Board of Directors, and ten (10) five (5) business days’ notice of the time and place of said meeting shall be given to each member by the Executive Director , by mail. (c) The Executive Director will give all members in good standing ten (10) five (5) business days’ notice , by mail, email, or website of the time and place of all meetings scheduled by the Board of Directors.

 

  • Article VI, Section 6.09 to read as follows: Liaison Advisory Representatives. The Board of Directors may invite representatives of any local, state, or federal agencies, or other related organizations that may be beneficial to participate in board activities as liaisons advisors for their agencies/organizations and mandate that they be members of MWCA.

 

  • Strike Article VIII. Section 8.02, Parts (d), (e) and (f).

(d) Coordinator Support Work Group. To encourage professionalism, and provide operational and educational direction for Montana Weed District Coordinators. The chair of the coordinator support committee shall receive nominations for the chair position the fall of the year their term is completed and all coordinators will vote by ballot by Sept 1 for that position. The state shall be divided into seven areas to coordinate weed management efforts. Area councils shall include Western, Southwestern, South Central, Southeastern, Northeastern, Central and Triangle. Area councils may choose to elect a chairperson for their area council other than their area representative who serves on the board of directors. Such council chairs shall be voted on by their respective councils annually. If the council chair is someone other than the area representative, this will not be a voting position on the board of directors.

(e) Integrated Weed Management Work Group. Committee will encourage the development, research, and demonstration of sustainable, integrated weed management strategies. Chair of the committee will be an elected board position.

(f) Education Work Group. Committee will encourage educational events, training, publications, and other activities to further the knowledge and expertise of MWCA members and the public. Chair of the committee will be an elected board position.


The MWCA NEEDS YOU: Board of Directors Nominations OPEN | Deadline 11/21/2016

November 11th, 2016

We need interested, passionate, think-outside-the-box board members!

MWCA Board of Directors has the following positions up for election:

  • Vice President
  • Education Committee Chair
  • Agriculture Representative
  • Member-at-Large
  • Triangle Area Representative
  • South Central Area Representative
  • South West Area Representative
  • Western Area Representative

MWCA Board Nomination Form. If you are interested you can contact Becky for more information about any position. MWCA Board Nomination Form. MWCA Board Nomination deadline is November 21.


2016 MWCA Awards – Deadline November 21

November 11th, 2016

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MWCA has pared down its awards for 2016. We are awarding in the following categories this year: Weed Fighter of the Year, Barb Mullin Lifetime Achievement Award and Weed District of the Year. Letters of nomination are due Monday, November 21, and criteria can be found at Awards. Please think about all of the weed peeps you are involved with and consider nominating one or more for one of the above listed categories!


Water samples have tested positive for the larvae of aquatic invasive mussels

November 10th, 2016

Water samples from Tiber Reservoir east of Shelby have tested positive for the larvae of aquatic invasive mussels, with similar tests from Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena showing “suspect” or inconclusive results, according to officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Read more

Water Samples Positive for Invasive Larvae in Tiber Reservoir

Zebra and Quagga Mussel FAQs and Fact Sheet


2016 MWCA Proposed Bylaws Changes – Member Voting Coming Soon

November 7th, 2016

  • Article IV, Part (c) to read as follows: Election of the Board of Directors, passage of public policy statements and legislative resolutions and/or bylaw changes shall take place by electronic and or mailed ballot to all voting members in good standing. The MWCA staff shall email and or mail ballots to all members in good standing no later than December 1. All returned ballots must be postmarked by December 21 to be counted in the election results. Election shall be by simple majority of those voting. Should a simple majority not be received by any candidate for an office, that office shall be elected by a runoff vote between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.

 

  • Article V, Section 5.01, Parts (b) and (c) to read as follows: (b) Special meetings of the members of the Association may be called by President or upon petition in writing requesting the same by one-fourth of the members, or upon order of the Board of Directors, and ten (10) five (5) business days’ notice of the time and place of said meeting shall be given to each member by the Executive Director , by mail. (c) The Executive Director will give all members in good standing ten (10) five (5) business days’ notice , by mail, email, or website of the time and place of all meetings scheduled by the Board of Directors.

 

  • Article VI, Section 5.01, Part (a) to read as follows: (a) The Fifty percent (50%) of the voting members of the Board of Directors present shall constitute a quorum at all board meetings. Each board member shall have one vote.

 

  • Article VI, Section 6.06, Parts (a) and (b) to read as follows: (a) The Board of Directors shall have a minimum of three (3) meetings each calendar year. The Executive Director shall notify each director of the time and place of each meeting by mail or email a minimum of ten (10) five (5) business days prior to each meeting. (b) Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or Vice President, upon ten (10) five (5) days’ notice by mail to each director.

 

  • Article VI, Section 6.09 to read as follows: Liaison Advisory Representatives. The Board of Directors may invite representatives of any local, state, or federal agencies, or other related organizations that may be beneficial to participate in board activities as liaisons advisors for their agencies/organizations and mandate that they be members of MWCA.

 

  • Strike Article VIII. Section 8.02, Parts (d), (e) and (f).
    (d) Coordinator Support Work Group. To encourage professionalism, and provide operational and educational direction for Montana Weed District Coordinators. The chair of the coordinator support committee shall receive nominations for the chair position the fall of the year their term is completed and all coordinators will vote by ballot by Sept 1 for that position. The state shall be divided into seven areas to coordinate weed management efforts. Area councils shall include Western, Southwestern, South Central, Southeastern, Northeastern, Central and Triangle. Area councils may choose to elect a chairperson for their area council other than their area representative who serves on the board of directors. Such council chairs shall be voted on by their respective councils annually. If the council chair is someone other than the area representative, this will not be a voting position on the board of directors.

    (e) Integrated Weed Management Work Group. Committee will encourage the development, research, and demonstration of sustainable, integrated weed management strategies. Chair of the committee will be an elected board position.

    (f) Education Work Group. Committee will encourage educational events, training, publications, and other activities to further the knowledge and expertise of MWCA members and the public. Chair of the committee will be an elected board position.


Western Area Council Fall Meeting

November 2nd, 2016

When:  November 2, Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm

Where:  Missoula County Extension/Weed Office Conference Room

2825 Santa Fe Ct.

Missoula, MT 59808

Agenda:

*Fire Camp Pre-Season Inspection Clearance Project-Update:  Steve Shelly (30 minutes)

*Montana Invasive Species Council: Activity/Status Update: Bryce Christiaens (30 minutes)

*Biological Control Insect Statewide Program: Update: Melissa Maggio-Kassner (15 minutes)

*Round Robin:  Each county representative has the opportunity to share information about their Program Activities and any issues or Concerns the Western Area Council should be aware of and/or may be able to assist with.  (20 minutes/county)

*Open to additional topics, dependent upon time abvailable.

*Note: Time estimates/topic includes presentation & discussion.

 

Any questions should be directed to Jim Olivarez.  (cell # 406-370-9847)    or    jolivarez7008@gmail.com

 


USDA GRANTS WORKBOOK FY2017

October 19th, 2016

Download the USDA Grants Workbook FY2017 now. This workbook provides details on a number of grant and partnership programs that address invasive species research, technical assistance, prevention, and control, and may be of benefit to the collaborative efforts of our stakeholders and partners.  Please give this wide distribution.