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.
CONTACT: Ecologist Jennifer Muladore, email@example.com, (989) 448-2293 ext. 31
We work with public and private landowners to identify and remove invasive species like phragmites, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard and more. A hallmark of our program has been the Invasive Species SWAT Team, which takes the time to visit with landowners and provide them with recommendations for how to best approach invasive species control on their land—often through our innovative cost-share program. With the help of our highly involved partners and local experts, we prioritize invasive species to fight against and special natural communities to protect.
Our invasive species team is available to identify suspicious plants, provide resources and referrals, visit your property and even do group presentations. Our mobile boat wash is a great tool for teaching boaters who visit the area about preventing aquatic invasive species, and we are taking event reservations for the 2017 season. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 448-2293 ext. 17 for more information.
2017 Frog-Bit Challenge
Aggressive invasive plants like European frog-bit degrade wildlife habitat and impact recreation like boating. That’s why we’re so thankful for the volunteers and sponsors who helped us keep northern Michigan’s waters healthy by joining in the summer-long Frog-bit Challenge!
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!
Invasive Species Resources
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
Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary