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