Michigan's natural areas are under threat from invasive species. You can help protect our land and water resources.
When invasives take hold, they change native ecosystems. Invasive species are difficult, sometimes even impossible to eradicate. Once invasive species become established, the work to remove them and restore natural systems is costly and time consuming. Preventing the spread of invasive species is the easiest solution to the problem. You can make a difference!
The practice of hauling firewood from one part of the state to another is devastating Michigan's native trees. Transporting firewood also transports insects and diseases. Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that has impacted nearly 10 million trees throughout southeast Michigan, is one of the most prominent threats to Michigan's forests, but it is not alone. Oak wilt, Beech bark disease and Asian longhorned beetle are the top threats in a growing list of firewood hitchhikers. Don't move firewood!
- Don't bring firewood with you when you camp.
- If you find or buy wood in the park, don't take any back home with you. Burn it all or give it to other campers in the park.
- In most parks, concessionaires sell firewood in small, manageable bundles. When a concessionaire isn't available, many private firewood stands can be found in the areas near the park. Keep your firewood purchases within a short distance of where you're staying.
Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz Sign up for this summer’s statewide outreach event focused on raising awareness and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through recreational boating and related activities.
Volunteer Stewardship Workdays on Public Land Volunteer workdays are sponsored by the DNR's State Park Stewardship Unit to help protect and restore natural areas at seventeen parks across southern Michigan, focusing on natural areas that are known or potential sites for species of greatest conservation need.
The Stewardship Network's Invasive Species Control Events The Stewardship Network offers a broad range of events to increase our collective capacity to protect, restore and manage natural lands and waters. The events may be a cluster workday/workshop held at a local natural area, a local garlic mustard pull as part of the Network-wide Garlic Mustard Challenge, or one of many events listed by a variety of other organizations.
Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch Michigan Clean Water Water Corps volunteer monitoring program for invasive plants in inland lakes. Sign up to help protect your lake.
Clean Boats Clean Waters A program to actively empower citizen volunteers to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species through the boating pathway.
Additional volunteer opportunities may be available - please check your local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area