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.

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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) hosted two programs focused on Japanese barberry this season including Japanese Barberry Dumpster Days and a Japanese Barberry Buyback.

Japanese Barberry Dumpster Days
Two events were held; one in Grand Traverse County at the Grand Traverse Conservation District and one in Manistee County in collaboration with the Manistee Conservation District. Over 125 plants were collected during both events.

Japanese Barberry Business Buyback
13 businesses participated in the event which included removal of their Japanese barberry and replacement with native species. 144 Japanese barberry plants were removed and replaced with natives.

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