Department of Natural Resources
March 15, 2021
The state of Michigan today announced that a total of $3.6 million in grants for 29 projects to combat invasive species will be awarded through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.
"Protecting our water and preserving our environment are essential to ensuring our economy, families, and communities succeed," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "I am proud to see the DNR, MDARD, and EGLE collaborate to prevent and manage the spread of invasive species in our state. These grants will impact every corner of our state and help all Michiganders thrive."
The program - cooperatively implemented by the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Natural Resources - addresses prevention, detection, eradication and control of aquatic (water-based) and terrestrial (land-based) invasive species in Michigan through four key objectives:
This year's grants will provide funding for a range of efforts targeting aquatic invasive species:
Funding also will support projects to improve management of terrestrial invasive species:
This year's grants also will support 20 regional Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, the network of partnership organizations working to manage and control invasive species and provide service to all 83 counties in the state. CISMA projects include enhanced education and outreach, technical assistance to landowners, and survey and treatment of high-priority invasive species.
|In 2014 the state Legislature designated $5 million in annual funding to address invasive species. This support substantially enhanced Michigan's Invasive Species Program for aquatic organisms, supported a formal program for terrestrial species and initiated the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.
The program began accepting grant applications for this funding cycle in October 2020. This year, 41 applications were received, requesting more than $5 million in support. Grant applicants were asked to commit to providing at least 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match.
The full list of grant recipients, project descriptions and award amounts is available on the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program website at Michigan.gov/MISGP.
Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; and Natural Resources.
/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Suggested captions and photo credit information follow:
Didymo: Didymo cells haves been documented in the Great Lakes Basin and Michigan waters in low abundance, but nuisance blooms have not been documented in Michigan until recently in the St. Marys River.
JK: Herbicide is applied to invasive Japanese knotweed plants in Manistique by a Lake to Lake CISMA staff member./