Three Michigan departments have awarded 19 projects $3.6 million in grants to combat invasive species in the state.
The Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the funds under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. The partnership and program was started in 2014.
“Invasive species pose significant risk to Michigan’s world-class natural resources, and funding from this program is vital to our continued fight against these invaders,” says DNR Director Bill Moritz. “These important grant dollars will aid our partners in their efforts to battle invasive species. Their hard work will go a long way toward protecting our natural resources, as well as the many recreational and economic opportunities tied to Michigan’s woods and waters.”
The grant program, according to the DNR, seeks to strengthen partners’ efforts in:
- Preventing, through outreach and education, new introductions of invasive species.
- Monitoring for the introduction of new invasive species and the expansion of current invasive species.
- Responding to and working to eradicate new findings and range expansions.
- Strategically managing and controlling key colonized species.
Grants were awarded in amounts ranging from $35,000 to $350,000. A complete list of the projects can be found on the Grant Recipient Page.
The funded projects include efforts such as preventing the introduction and spread of invasives through ship ballast and firewood, eradicating invasive phragmites from coastal areas and wetlands in Saginaw Bay and the Upper Peninsula and controlling populations of European frogbit and feral swine.