The impact of exotic invasive species on our forests in the U.S. is staggering. Effects of these unwanted invaders can affect human and ecosystem health, forest products, property values and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Thanks to startup funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, a team from Michigan State University is launching a statewide effort to help residents learn about the risks and impacts of invasive forest pests. The “Eyes on the Forest” program links research, outreach and communication activities through MSU’s Department of Entomology and MSU Extension.

The Eyes on the Forest program is targeting three major potential invaders that pose serious threats to Michigan trees and forests.

Get Involved / Explore

Begin by exploring what coalition partners have to offer in your area. Use the map to select a CISMA currently working in your area.

Jackson, Lenawee and Washtenaw CISMA Southern Michigan Invasive Species Team SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Barry, Calhoun & Kalamazoo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (BCK CISMA) Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Detroit River & Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area West Michigan Conservation Network North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network CAKE Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Northeast Michigan CWMA Three Shores CISMA Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) Lake to Lake CISMA Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA) Western Upper Peninsula Invasives Coalition (WePIC)

Alerts / Emerging Issues

Asian Long-Horned Beetle

Asian long-horned beetles feed on several species of hardwood trees. It’s favorite host is maple. Additional preferred hosts include elm, willow, buckeye, horse chestnut and birch. Suspect beetle can be killed and preserved in regular rubbing alcohol in a liquid-proof container, or even in a container placed in a freezer. If you collect a specimen contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

Job Postings

Check out the Community News forum page for listings of seasonal invasive species jobs with CISMAs across the state.

Latest News

The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) is giving landowners the opportunity to trade-in Japanese barberry for a coupon good for a non-invasive alternative*. Hosted at the Manistee Conservation District and Boardman River Nature Center, pre-registered individuals can bring in their removed barberry shrubs to be disposed of correctly. In exchange, they will be given a coupon to a local nursery that participates in ISN's Go Beyond Beauty  program. This ensures that any replacement plant will be non-invasive and support an array of wildlife! This is a great opportunity to transition your landscape to one that does not threaten nearby natural

Friday, June 15, 2018 | Manistee Conservation District | 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Boardman River Nature Center | 10:00am-2:00pm

Upcoming Events

Baby's Breath Workbee

When: Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 10:00am - noon
Where: Elberta beach

Baby's Breath Workbee

When: Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 10:00am - noon
Where: Elberta beach

Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

Save the Dates!
October 15-18, 2018
Mayo Civic Center - Rochester, MN

Joint Conference
With the North American Invasive Species Management Association


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