Register now for upcoming NotMISpecies webinars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 28, 2021
Nick Assendelft, EGLE, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135
Joanne Foreman, DNR, ForemanJ@Michigan.gov, 517-284-5814

Are you concerned about invasive species in Michigan? Wondering what's being done or what you can do? The NotMISpecies webinar series - offering different topics May through July - has answers and information you can use. Not Mi Species Banner grpahic

The hourlong, monthly series hosts experts with hands-on experience in invasive species research, management and prevention who provide current information on threats to Michigan's land and waters. Question and answer sessions and links to resources help attendees get the most out of each presentation.

The Michigan Invasive Species Program has added new sessions for the spring and summer. To register for these webinars, click on the title of each session to go to the registration page:

  • "Dynamite! And other tools to protect Michigan's state park trees" (9 a.m. Tuesday, May 25): explores how and why tree health is a critical component of state park management. Learn about the variety of tools, including explosives, used to control invasive insects and diseases to keep the forest ecosystem intact and ensure you have a great recreation experience.
  • "Big, hungry fish" (9 a.m. Thursday, June 24): Currently, there is no evidence of live, invasive bighead, silver and black carp ­- commonly called Asian carp - in the Great Lakes. Find out how Michigan, Illinois and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working to keep it that way.
  • "Hey! What's that in your backyard?" (9 a.m. Tuesday, July 27): Representatives from the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition will discuss Michigan's 22 cooperative invasive species management areas (CISMA), how they can help with management of invasives on your property and the benefits of partnering with your local CISMA.

If you are new to the series, it is easy to catch up on topics including red swamp crayfish management, invasive species resources for boaters and lake associations, and the threat posed by spotted lanternfly. Recorded versions of all previous NotMISpecies webinars are available at Michigan.gov/EGLEEvents under Featured Webinar Series.

Michigan's Invasive Species Program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Agriculture and Rural Development, coordinates and supports invasive species initiatives across the state and provides support through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.

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