Department of Natural Resources
Grants will support several promising new developments to fight invasive pests on land and in water
The Michigan departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development today announced that more than two dozen projects will share $3.6 million in Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program funding.
Since its start, the program has targeted four key objectives:
This year’s grant awards provide funding for several projects involving promising new methods of reducing the effects of terrestrial (land-based) invasive species:
Some of the grant dollars also will support a range of efforts to prevent and manage aquatic (water-based) invaders:
Descriptions and photos of the referenced terrestrial and aquatic invasive species (and many others) are available on the Michigan Invasive Species website under Species Profiles and Reporting Information
In 2014 Gov. Rick Snyder and the state Legislature designated $5 million in annual funding to address invasive species. This support substantially enhanced Michigan’s Invasive Species Program for aquatic organisms, supported a formal program for terrestrial species, and initiated the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.
This cycle marks the fifth year of program funding. To date, $18.5 million has been awarded to support 109 projects undertaken by units of government, nonprofits and institutions. Because of Michigan’s Invasive Species Grant Program:
“It’s clear that Michigan’s Invasive Species Grant Program is accomplishing many of the goals set for the program at the very start,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “The fight to stop, contain and eradicate invasive species from Michigan’s woods and water is critical to the long-term protection of these valuable natural resources, and this grant program is helping in that fight.”
This year’s grants also will support 21 regional Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, the network of partnership organizations that work to manage and control invasive species. These CISMAs provide service to all 83 counties throughout the state. Proposed outcomes of CISMA projects receiving funding this year include:
In response to a May 2018 request for grant pre-proposals, 63 applications were received in June, seeking a total of approximately $9 million in funding. Thirty-seven applicants responded to the full proposal invitation, requesting $5.4 million in grants. Applicants were asked to commit to providing at least 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match.
Learn more about invasive species – including control efforts, species identification and education and outreach opportunities – at michigan.gov/invasivespecies.
Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Michigan departments of Agriculture & Rural Development, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to michigan.gov/DNR.
Accompanying photos are available below for download. Caption information follows.
Hypena opulenta: Hypena opulenta caterpillars from the Ukraine feed on black and pale swallow-worts, offering a potential biological control for these invasive plants.
Didymo: Didymo (also known as “rock snot”), first documented in the St. Marys River in 2015, is spreading and could be affecting fish habitat in the area.Didymo in petri dish: Close-up view of this invasive aquatic plant.