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. 

Annual Landowner Survey

Each spring we reach out to the contacts at each property we treated for invasive species over the course of the previous year. We ask each landowner to complete a survey about the progress of their invasive species treatment. That information provides Huron Pines with critical data to help us monitor the effectiveness of treatment as well as plan and prioritize our summer and fall treatment schedule across Northeast Michigan.

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 total 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

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.

Make Your Invasive Treatment Payment Here

Once you have had your invasive species treatment performed by our invasives team, you will receive an invoice for services showing the total amount due after the cost-share assistance has been applied. You can make your payment here if you wish to pay a small convenience fee for processing; otherwise, you can mail a check made payable to Huron Pines (address on invoice).

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If your amount due is $1-250, please add a $5 fee to your total;
$251-$500, add $10;   $501-$750, add $15;    $751-$1,000, add $20.
For payments over $1,000, please call (989) 448-2293 x21 for your processing fee.

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