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Here Are the Most Important Things to Know About Invasive Species in Michigan

Michigan has been fighting invasive species for many years.

But, what is considered invasive, and what are the impacts of these species?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has shared the following video to present the most basic, essential information on invasive species.

As an angler, when someone says “invasive species,” my thoughts go toward water-based invaders, like zebra mussels, gobies and wondering when the Asian carp is going to show up.

But there are plenty of other invasive species in the state. According to the video, an invasive can be something that lives on the land or in the water, a plant or an animal, can even be a microbe.

Invasives are not native to the state, but there are plenty of non-native species in Michigan that provide benefits. The DNR defines invasives as species that cause harm and are not native.

What can invasive species harm? The economy, the environment and humans. The hints found here can help everyone who enjoys Michigan’s outdoors to prevent the spread of invasives.

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Here Are the Most Important Things to Know About Invasive Species in Michigan