Aquatic Invasive Animals

For questions about Asian carp identification, status in Michigan, Michigan’s Asian Carp Management Plan, other fish (e.g. snakehead) and aquatic animals (e.g. invasive crayfish), please contact:

Seth Herbst - DNR Fisheries Division 517-284-5841

Aquatic Invasive Plants

For questions on:

  • Chemical control of aquatic species, permitting, and submerged plant identification, please contact: 
    Aquatic Nuisance Control Program staff, DEQ - Water Resources Division, 517-284-5593
  • Mowing and other forms of mechanical control, permitting, and Great Lakes Shoreline management, please contact:
    Anne Garwood, DEQ - Water Resources Division, 517-388-4472
  • Identification and control of invasive phragmites, please contact:
    Kevin Walters, DEQ Water Resources, 517-284-5473
  • Watch list species reporting - Brazilian elodea, European Frogbit, European water clover, Hydrilla, Parrot feather, Water chestnut, Water hyacinth, Water lettuce, Water soldier, and Yellow floating heart
    DEQ Aquatic Nuisance Control Program, 517-284-5593
Aquatic Invasive Species Education & Outreach

For questions about education programs and outreach materials related to AIS, please contact:

Kevin Walters, DEQ - Water Resources Division 517-284-5473

Aquatic Invasive Species Program

For questions on overall aquatic invasive species program and Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive Species State Management Plan, please contact:

Sarah LeSage, AIS Program Coordinator DEQ - Water Resources Division 517-243-4735

Ballast Water

For questions on:

  • Michigan’s ballast water program and Michigan’s Section 401 certification, please contact:
    Sarah LeSage, DEQ - Water Resources Division 517-284-5472
  • Michigan’s state ballast water permit and application, please contact:
    Sylvia Heaton, DEQ - Water Resources Division 517-449-6307
Communications and Media

For general invasive species media inquiries and communications-related matters, please contact:

Joanne Foreman, DNR, DEQ and DARD Invasive Species Program Communications Coordinator, 517-284-5814


To report invasive species law/regulation violations, please call the DNR Report all Poaching (RAP) Line at 1-800-292-7800.  For questions, please contact:

Corporal Steve Huff, DNR - Law Enforcement Division

Great Lakes Regional Coordination

For questions on Great Lakes coordination, restoration, and management, please contact:

Matt Preisser, DEQ - Office of the Great Lakes 517-284-5039 

Insects and Plant Diseases

For questions about:

Invasive Species Laws/Regulations

For questions about:

  • Michigan’s NREPA Part 413 Prohibited and Restricted species law, other regulations, species identification, and permits as they pertain to plants and insects, please contact:
    Mike Bryan, DARD - Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division 517-284-5648
  • Michigan’s NREPA Part 413 Prohibited and Restricted species law, other regulations, species identification, and permits as they pertain to all species besides plants and insects, please contact:
    Seth Herbst, DNR - Fisheries Division 517-284-5841

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program

For general questions about MISGP, grant requirements, application process, etc., please contact:

Kammy Frayre, DNR – Finance & Operations 517-284-5970

State Park Lands & State Administered Boat Launches

For questions about invasive species and associated issues in state parks and at state administered boat launches, pelase contact:

Christina Baugher, DNR – Parks & Recreation Division 517-284-5835

Terrestrial Invasive Plants, Mammals, and Birds

For questions about:

  • Identification, management and control of terrestrial invasive species and Michigan's Terrestrial Invasive Species Management Plan, please contact:

Greg Norwood, DNR Wildlife Division 517-342-4514

  • Permitting for mechanical control of invasive plants in a Critical Dune Area, please contact:

Kate Lederle, DEQ Water Resources 517-284-5564

  • For general inquiries, or if none of the above contacts fit with your question, please call the DEQ’s Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278