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Tribes hire AIS Coordinator

From CSKT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation

Erik Hanson is the new CSKT AIS Coordinator. (Courtesy photo) Erik Hanson is the new CSKT AIS Coordinator. (Courtesy photo)

The Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation announced the new hire of Erik Hanson, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator to the Division on Thursday, June 29. Erik brings 15 years of experience working on AIS issues. Hanson most recently served as AIS Consultant for the Flathead Basin Commission.

“The Tribes are working hard to ensure that Western Montana is free of invasive mussels”, said Tom McDonald, Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation manager. “We are fortunate to have hired such a highly qualified candidate with a wealth of experience in AIS”. added McDonald

The CSKT AIS Coordinator will lead the Natural Resources Department in managing Watercraft Inspection Stations, training inspectors, AIS education and communication efforts and AIS Program management. The AIS Program also works with Tribal Conservation Officers on enforcement to ensure compliance with boating regulations.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to build a tribal program” said Hanson. “The CSKT AIS Program will work collaboratively with the Flathead Basin Commission Program and will also work to maintain good working relationships with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.” added Hanson.

For more information regarding AIS contact Erik Hanson at erik.hanson@cskt.org or at 675-2700, ext. 7280.
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