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 its 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.

Invasive Species Network Strategic Plans

Coastal Strategic Plan (.pdf)
Heartland Strategic Plan (.pdf)

2020 Newsletters

2020 Coastal ISN Newsletter (.pdf)
2020 Heartland ISN Newsletter (.pdf)

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.


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.

Improve Wildlife Habitat with Native Plants

Native plant species play an important role in sustaining wildlife and shaping the natural beauty of Northern Michigan. They thrive in the region’s climate and soil, requiring less water and upkeep. They provide habitat and nutrients for wildlife.

Example Planting Alternatives: These native plant alternatives were chosen based on similar color, size, moisture needs and ability to provide a food source for wildlife.

Plant This



Trumpet Honeysuckle

Sugar Maple
Not That
Japanese Barberry

Baby’s Breath

Japanese Ribbon grass

Oriental Bittersweet

Norway Maple

Follow these links for additional resources on native and invasive plant species.

Find Native Plants Near You

These nurseries and conservation district partners are committed to supporting the sale of native plants to meet your gardening and landscaping needs.



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Photo credits:
"Ninebark" by Lenora Enking Licensed by  CC BY-SA 2.0
"Japanese Barberry" by Kristine Paulus Liscenced by  CC BY-SA 2.0
" Bonset" by Nonenmac Licensed by  CC-BY-SA 4.0
" Indiangrass" by  Friends of prairie Learning Center and Neil Smith NWR Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
" Japanese ribbon grass" by Miya.m Licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0
" Trumpet Honeysuckle" by  Sanjay Archarya Licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0
"Oriental Bittersweet" by Soap Licensed by  CC By-SA 4.0
" Sugar Maple" by  James st. john Licensed by  CC BY-SA 2.0
" Norway Maple" by Jonathan Billinger Licensed by  CC BY-SA 2.0