Invasive Species Program

Invasive species are an international problem and have already cost our state millions of dollars. They adversely affect the habitats they invade by displacing native species, disrupting ecosystems and damaging commercial and natural resources.  Huron Pines’ Invasive Species Program is centered around an early detection and rapid response approach to control the spread of invasive species. Early detection-rapid response is just what it sounds like: we find invasive species as soon as they begin to invade an area and manage them before they become a destructive, expensive problem. Northeast Michigan’s natural resources are known for their high quality, and our goal is to keep them that way. As the lead organization for the Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA), we inventory and manage invasive species while providing a framework for partner collaboration and education.

For more information about our invasive species program contact John Frye, Habitat Project Manager,, (989) 448-2293 ext. 17

Invasive Species Treatment Survey – Landowner Questionnaire

Landowners are encourage to print, fill out and mail this questionnaire to Huron Pines if you believe you have phragmites or another invasive species on your property that needs to be treated to prevent its spread.

Tackle Invasive Species in Alpena with the Huron Pines Frog-Bit Challenge

Fight the spread of invasive European frog-bit. This hands on, community-led environmental restoration project runs until September 15, 2018 with the goal of pulling 5,000 pounds of frog-bit from the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and Fletcher Pond to keep it from spreading into other inland waterways or along the Lake Huron coast.

Invasive frog-bit can form dense mats and can crowd out native plants, reducing the food and habitat available for native fish and birds and making swimming and boating unsafe.

How You Can Get Involved in the Frog-Bit Challenge

Volunteer Days
Join us for volunteer days throughout the summer. Each volunteer day will begin at 9am. Please email Ben Bravo, to receive updated information on the meeting location for each event date.

  • June 22
  • July 14
  • August 4

Pull on Your Own

What You’ll Need 

  • Bucket with holes (to collect frog-bit and let the excess water drain)
  • Rake or other tool (to pull frog-bit from a boat or shore)
  • Garbage bags, 42-55 gallon
  • Kayak/canoe and life-vest (to reach frog-bit out in the water)
  • Portable bathroom scale (to weight frog-bit)
  • GPS unit or smart-phone with GPS
  • Camera
  • Instructions and Maps
  • Data Collection Table

Pulling and Data Collection

  1. Pull frog-bit from Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary or Fletcher Pond. This can be completed from a boat, dock or shore.
  2. Take a photo of the patch before you start pulling frog-bit into your bucket.
  3. Record the GPS coordinates of the frog-bit patch with your phone or GPS unit.
  4. Pull frog-bit and place it in your bucket.
  5. Allow water to drain (Huron Pines buckets have holes in the bottom).
  6. Place frog-bit into black plastic garbage bags.
  7. Weigh frog-bit on a scale or make your best guess. One full bag equals roughly 50 pounds of frog-bit.
  8. Complete the Frog-Bit Challenge Data Collection Table or use the online form at
  9. Dispose of your garbage bag(s) in trash bins (NOT lawn bags or anywhere they could be mistaken for yard waste).

Submitting Data to Huron Pines

Submit your data to Ben Bravo at Huron Pines via email, phone or online form no later than September 15, 2018.

The Frog-Bit Challenge is supported by the City of Alpena and Huron Pines in partnership with the Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area, Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, Besser Foundation, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Thunder Bay Audubon Society and Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

More Information on Frog-bit


 Join Our CWMA Partnership

Since 2009, Huron Pines has coordinated the Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area, a partnership focused on stopping the spread of invasive species in the region. To help us strengthen the partnership and make sure that limited funding and time go to the most important projects regionally, 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 benefit from participation, then sign on to our agreement below. Your input matters.

2016 Program Update
CWMA Partner Benefits
Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area Partnership Agreement
2017 Priorities and Strategies

Invasive Species Resources

Become a citizen scientist!
Fact sheets for common and emerging Northeast Michigan invasives

Michigan Invasive Species Coalition
Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative

MISC forums


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
Individual Donors