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Spreading the word on not spreading invasives - an effort to support NRDA restoration in Michigan

Region 3, March 4, 2019
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Part of a "Least Wanted" poster designed to help the public recognize invasive species and prevent spreading them farther. - Photo Credit: n/a

The trustees for the 2010 Enbridge oil spill Natural Resource Damaga Assesment are partnering with a local firm and the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council to get the word out about reducing invasive species in the Fort Custer Recreation Area. This effort is designed to support ongoing work to use biological and other control measures to reduce invasive aquatic plants including Eurasian watermilfoil and starry stonewort in several lakes in the recreation area. A "Least Wanted" poster was part of the materials used in the first year of a three year program to educate the recreating public and reduce the risk of future introductions of such species.  The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council received funding from the trustees, represented by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for this effort, through a contract with Kaiser & Associates, based in Kalamazoo. The council held three events, established informational kiosks at the recreation area, and used print and social media to spread the word about not spreading aquatic invasive species.

Contact Info: Lisa Williams, 517-351-8324, lisa_williams@fws.gov