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. Our 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.

Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

 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.

CWMA Partner Benefits
Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area Partnership Agreement

Invasive Species Assistance for Landowners

We work with public and private landowners to identify and remove invasive species like phragmites, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard and more. We take the time to visit with landowners to provide recommendations for invasive species control on their specific piece of property—often through our grant-supported cost-share program which typically ranges from $75-$150 for invasive treatment.

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

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.

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