What are Invasive Species?
An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan's economy, environment, or human health.
Many non-native species in Michigan, including fruits, vegetables, field crops, livestock and domestic animals, are important to our economy and lifestyle. Most non-native species are not harmful and may provide economic benefits. Invasive species cause harm when they out-compete native species by reproducing and spreading rapidly in areas where they have no natural predators and change the balance of the ecosystems we rely on.
- New website offers help identifying and managing woody invasive plants
- Check trees in August for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle
- MDARD advises consumers on what to do if they receive unsolicited packages containing seeds
- Landing Blitz events June 28 through July 5 will raise awareness of aquatic invasive species
- Spotted lanternfly could be the next invasive species to threaten Michigan's agriculture, natural resources