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Castanet – April 16, 2017

The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society is hosting a free public forum on invasive mussels this month in Penticton

Among the speakers are Stephanie Hester, coordinator of the Montana Invasive Species Council, who will talk about the steps Montana is taking to prevent an economic and ecological disaster.

The discovery of destructive invasive mussel larvae last year triggered a natural resource emergency in Montana and led to a massive statewide campaign now underway to manage the threat of invasive mussels spreading to other areas.

In order to better prevent and contain invasive mussels, Montana’s investment is increasing from $1.2 million per year to more than $5 million.

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