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. 

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.

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 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

Funding and Support for Huron Pines Invasive Species Management Comes From

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