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Flathead Lakers annual meeting features aquatic invasive species prevention successes and opportunities

YELLOW BAY ó Flathead Lakers members and friends will gather to celebrate clean water and to learn about working across borders to prevent aquatic invasive species introductions at the Lakersí annual meeting on Tuesday, July 15.

Keynote speaker Kate Wilson will share insights about AIS prevention strategies. Wilson is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Province of Alberta.

After completing a Bachelorís degree at Carroll College, Wilson worked as the executive director for the Pend Oreille Basin Commission, a watershed advisory board in Sandpoint, Idaho. In this position she found her passion for protecting water and began working on preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species. She became a spokesperson for AIS prevention, providing workshops, trainings, and seminars throughout the northwest. This work led her to graduate school in Florida, where she worked at the Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants while earning a Masterís degree in natural resource communication, focusing on how to engage boaters and anglers in AIS prevention.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Linnaea Schroeer will present an update on Montanaís AIS prevention and control efforts.

The Flathead Lakers will present their annual Stewardship Award to Dr. Bonnie Ellis for her significant contribution to understanding and protecting Flathead Lake. Her leadership in lake research and monitoring at the Flathead Lake Biological Station for over 30 years has been vital to understanding the complex lake and river system and guiding lake and water quality protection.

Flathead Lake Biological Station Director Dr. Jack Stanford will present the annual State of the Lake Report.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay. Complimentary hors díoeuvres and a cash bar will be available from 6:15 p.m. until the program begins.

The Flathead Lakers is a nonprofit organization working for clean water, healthy ecosystems and lasting quality of life in the Flathead Watershed. The board of directors welcomes the public to come learn more about Flathead waters and the organizationís lake and water quality protection programs.

Contact the Lakersí office at 883-1346 for more information.

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