Invasive Species Program

Huron Pines uses an early detection and rapid response approach to managing invasive plants to protect and restore native habitat across the region. An invasive species is a species that is not native to an area and causes harm, or is likely to cause harm, to the economy, environment, or human health.

It’s important to identify invasive plants early on when their infestation is still small and it’s possible to eradicate them. Once they become well established, they often require repeated treatment and long-term monitoring to prevent their spread.

Invasive species have already cost millions of dollars to the state of Michigan.They adversely affect the habitats they invade by displacing native species, disrupting ecosystems and damaging commercial and natural resources.

Northern Michigan is known for it’s natural landscapes and our goal is to keep them protected. As the lead organization for the Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA), we inventory and manage invasive species while supporting and collaborating with organizations across the region focused on invasive species education, prevention and treatment. 


2019 Landowner Survey

Complete our Invasive Species Landowner Survey by July 1, 2019, to receive an additional 25% savings on your invasive species treatment.*

By completing this survey, you will provide Huron Pines with critical data to help monitor and prioritize 2019 invasive species management across Northeast Michigan.

*If you complete the entire survey and your property requires treatment, you will receive a 25% savings (in addition to the 50% cost share that is already provided). Once we have reviewed your survey Huron Pines will follow-up with a cost estimate based on the information you have provided.

If no treatment is necessary, we will reassess the condition of the site in 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shelby Bauer at shelby@huronpines.org or 989-448-2293 ext.13.

Invasive Species Assistance for Landowners

We work with public and private landowners to identify and remove invasive species like phragmites and Japanese knotweed. We collect survey information from landowners and conduct site visits to provide recommendations for the right approach to invasive species control on each specific piece of property.

Much of our landowner treatment is provided through a 50% cost-share program which means that you only have to pay for half of the treatment cost (up to $1,000). The average cost of treatment for a typical property owner ranges from $75-$150. Our ability to reduce the cost of treatment for landowners is thanks in part to funding secured by Huron Pines from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program and the U.S. Forest Service.

Our team is available to identify suspicious plants, provide resources and referrals, visit your property and even do group presentations. If you would like us to visit your property, give a presentation or if you have a question about invasive plant species, pease contact us at invasives@huronpines.org.

Thank you to our invasive species removal and management project funders Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sustain Our Great Lakes, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, Besser Foundation, Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and individual donors.


Identify and Report

Visit the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) for information to help you identify invasive species and tools for reporting what you find.

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Join Our Invasive Species Management Partnership

Since 2009, Huron Pines has been leading the Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area, (NEMI CWMA), a partnership focused on stopping the spread of invasive species in the region. With the assistance of over 40 partners, we have engaged in dozens of public meetings, published countless news articles, completed hundreds of sites visits and inventoried thousands of acres.

Through this effort, we have treated over 350 individual private properties as well as hundreds of acres of state and federal land. Working across 12 counties and approximately 4.5 million acres of service area, Huron Pines is dedicated to the long-term protection and management of Northeast Michigan lands, but each year it becomes more difficult to meet the demand for our services. As invasive species continue to spread and new species arise, we increasingly need the help of partners and volunteers. We’re asking for more active participants to join us in raising awareness and fighting invasive species. Learn more about what our CWMA does and how you can become a partner.

You can also learn more about the Northeast Michigan CWMA by following us on Facebook.