• Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

    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!

Take Action

Boaters and Anglers

Recommended Actions:

  • CLEAN boats, trailers and equipment
  • DRAIN live wells, bilges and all water
  • DRY boats and equipment
  • DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash

It's the Law - Violation of the following is a state civil infraction. Violators may be subject to fines.

  • Do not launch a watercraft or place a trailer in the water if aquatic plants are attached.
  • Do not release unused bait into the water.
  • Do not transport water over land in bilges and live wells.

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  • Volunteer Opportunities

    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.

    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