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.  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, jennifer@huronpines.org, (989) 448-2293 ext. 31

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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!

2016 Program Update

CWMA Partner Benefits

Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area Partnership Agreement

2017 Priorities and Strategies

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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 invasives@huronpines.org or (989) 448-2293 ext. 31 for more information.

Request a Presentation
Request the Mobile Boat Wash

Check back in early 2017 for our 2017 Landowner Survey. 
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2016 Frog-Bit Challenge Was a Success-Join Us Next Year!

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! Thanks to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy and Besser Foundation for providing major funding to make this effort possible!

We Exceeded Our Goal of 10,000 Pounds Pulled in 2016!

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Learn to identify European frog-bit
with this fact sheet.
Download a shareable flyer
about the Frog-Bit Challenge.
Download a press release about the Frog-Bit Challenge.

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Invasive Species Resources

Fact sheets for common and emerging Northeast Michigan invasives
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PlayCleanGo
Michigan Invasive Species Coalition
Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative

MISC forums

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Project Funders

Michigan DNR 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