In partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality, local conservation districts and local environmental groups, the Michigan State University Extension conducted a high-profile early detection/rapid response and education project to mitigate negative impacts from Phragmites australis and associated invasive plants before their widespread establishment. The project took a regional approach to assess, prioritize, and build long-term capacity to implement treatment of Phragmites in northwest Lower Michigan’s coastal zone. The project produced maps of strategically defined treatment priorities in coastal regions of seven counties, resulted in the restoration of 220 acres of coastal habitat, and produced a network of more than 300 trained citizens, officials and land managers to monitor and treat invasive species over the long-term. The project aimed to have a cascading effect that shifts treatment effort from expensive control to early response treatments, exponentially increasing the acres of protected coastal habitat.
Project spans the Lake Michigan coastal zone and tributaries of seven counties in northwest Lower Michigan