The Nature Conservancy and partners conducted surveys, controlled, and monitored seven major invasive plants that threaten dunes, coastal wetlands, and forests along the 121-mile shoreline of eastern Lake Michigan. These invasive species include baby’s-breath, garlic mustard, lyme grass, Phragmites, Oriental bittersweet, Japanese knotweed, and kudzu. Project work included invasive species removal across 1,824 acres of shoreline habitat. This work was extended beyond the grant period through the ongoing work of the Michigan Dune Alliance, a Cooperative Weed Management Area dedicated to the preservation of eastern Lake Michigan natural systems. The long-term result will be the establishment of effective, efficient, collaborative management of terrestrial invasive species along the 505-mile long coastal reach.
Lake Michigan’s eastern shoreline, from New Buffalo to the Mackinac Bridge