WG&F offers free AIS inspection training in Lander

(Lander, Wyo.) – Would you like to become certified to inspect your own watercraft for aquatic invasive species or to provide a service to your customers? If so, you’re in luck! The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering a watercraft inspection training course for members of the public May 8 in Lander.

The trainings will provide the skills necessary to inspect your own watercraft and certify you to inspect other watercraft in the state of Wyoming to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The training includes information on basic biology, impacts, transport vectors and distribution of AIS and includes classroom instruction, a question and answer session, and a hands-on watercraft inspection exercise.

Greg Mayton, AIS regional supervisor for the Lander Region said “We are really lacking private inspectors in the Lander Region. This training will allow any private individuals or companies to inspect boats. Once they are certified they can charge for inspections or just get certified to check their own boat.” If you transport a boat into Wyoming March 1 through November 30 from out of state, you are required to get the watercraft inspected for AIS before you launch in Wyoming. Mayton continues, “being able to certify and seal your own watercraft is very convenient and allows boaters to hit the water right away after entering the state.”

The training is free and open to anyone interested in preventing the spread of AIS through watercraft inspection. The training is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lander Regional Game and Fish office (260 Buena Vista Dr).  Registration deadline is one week prior to the class start date. The class is limited to 20 people.

To register or for more information contact: Greg Mayton at 307 527-7125 or greg.mayton@wyo.gov or Beth Bear, Wyoming Game and Fish Department at (307) 745-5180 Ext. 256 or beth.bear@wyo.gov . Please provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

–Provided by Wyoming Game & Fish Department