The Forrest service and the DNR are teaming up against invasive species that threaten Northern Michigan. Its called the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
The fight locally was focused on public land like national forests or state parks. They now want to include private land owners to handle the disconnect of only spraying land that is public or state owned.
The Invasive species management will now cover five counties and include public and private land owners.
Mason, Lake, Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola Counties will now be protecting itself against invasive species. The state has pointed out eight specific species making their way across Michigan: Eurasian phragmites, black and pale swallow-wort, Japanese and giant knotweed, baby's breath, flowering rush, and European frogbit.
Some have seed banks that have to be sprayed for 100 years so it is very important to keep them from spreading.
Visit www.northcountryinvasives.org for more information.