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Spreading the word on not spreading invasives

Invasive species are the focus of an education program on the Kalamazoo River. Photo from Kalamazoo River Watershed Council poster.

Invasive species are the focus of an education program on the Kalamazoo River. Photo from Kalamazoo River Watershed Council poster.

By Lisa Williams
Michigan Ecological Services Field Office

Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees for the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in Michigan 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 raise awareness among 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’s efforts included a state park explorer program with activities for kids, demonstrations on boating and invasive species and campground coffee hours to talk to campers about invasives. The council also built informational kiosks at the recreation area and used print and social media to spread the word about not spreading aquatic invasive species.
 

Last updated: April 9, 2019