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!
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- Do not purchase invasive plants or animals that are restricted or prohibited in Michigan.
- Do not transplant or release aquarium plants, fish or animals into lakes, streams or ponds.
- Construct ponds or water gardens away from other waters, wetlands and floodplains.
If you have acquired an undesirable, nonnative aquatic plant or fish species for your aquarium or water garden, it is important not to release these plants or fish into the environment including not flushing them into the city sewer system. Instead, use one of the following alternatives:
- Contact the store where the plant, fish or animal was purchased for proper handling advice or possible return.
- Give or trade with another aquarium owner, pond owner, or water gardener.
- Donate to a local aquarium society, school, or aquatic business.
- Do not compost aquatic plants - seal aquatic plants in plastic bags and dispose in trash.
- Contact a veterinarian specializing in exotics for guidance on humane disposal of fish or aquatic animals.
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