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.

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

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.

Tools

MISIN Smartphone App

The MISIN smartphone app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It provides a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. You can play an important role in the early detection and rapid response to new invasive threats in your area by contributing invasive species observations to the MISIN database.

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