The Wyoming Game And Fish Department Is Offering Training For Members Of The Public To Become A Certified Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species Inspector

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering training for members of the public to become a certified Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species inspector. These training sessions will provide the skills necessary to inspect personally-owned and other watercraft as well.

The sessions include information on the basic biology of invasive species, the impacts of AIS, transport vectors and distribution of AIS. It includes classroom instruction, a question-and-answer session, and a hands-on watercraft inspection exercise.

“Aquatic invasive species can have far-reaching impacts on Wyoming water resources for agriculture, municipalities, and wildlife. Many of these invasive species permanently change stream and lake ecology, negatively affecting native species and our prized sporting fisheries,” said Beth Bear, Game and Fish aquatic invasive species coordinator.

“Having members of the public become aware of AIS, practice Clean, Drain, Dry on their boats, and inspect their watercraft when a Game and Fish check station is not available, is critical in the fight to prevent the spread of AIS to Wyoming.”

The training sessions are free and open to anyone interested in preventing the spread of AIS through watercraft inspection.

Aquatic invasive species can be aquatic animals such as zebra and quagga mussels or rusty crayfish, or aquatic vegetation such as hydrilla.

Training is being offered as a one-day course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the spring in statewide locations. Registration deadline is one week prior to the class start date. The course schedule is:

 

Date City Location
March 23 Gering, Nebraska Platte Valley Bank
March 23 Evanston Uinta County Public Library
March 30 Laramie Laramie Game and Fish Regional Office
April 19 Cheyenne Game and Fish Headquarters
April 27 Green River Green River Game and Fish Regional Office
May 3 Sheridan Sheridan Game and Fish Regional Office
May 4 Gillette Campbell County Public Library
May 17 Cody Cody Game and Fish Regional Office
May 21 Casper Casper Game and Fish Regional Office
June 1 Jackson Jackson Game and Fish Regional Office

 

To register or for more information,

Contact Beth Bear at beth.bear@wyo.gov or 307-721-1373. Please provide your name, mailing address, phone number and email address. The public can also register online.