Invasive Species

What Are Invasive Species?

The State of Michigan has defined invasive species as non-native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan’s economy, environment, or human health.

Many non-native species in Michigan, including fruits, vegetables, field crops, livestock and domestic animals, are important to our economy and lifestyle. Most non-native species are not harmful and may provide economic benefits. Invasive species cause harm when they out-compete native species by reproducing and spreading rapidly in areas where they have no natural controls or predators. Both the WLA and the WLTC take part in  regional cooperative efforts that help us learn more and control the spread.

Michigan Invasives
CAKE Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
Monitoring and Surveys by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Protecting Walloon Lake

Species exist in microscopic form and can be transferred from lake to lake; a few minutes of washing your boat can help keep Walloon clean and safe for future generations. 

Learn About Water Quality

Invasive Species Prioritization

Most non-native species are not harmful and may provide economic benefits. Learn more about the top 5 invaders in the Walloon Lake Watershed:

Learn More


Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

What’s the Lake Association
doing about AIS?
 

  • Inviting Clean Boats Clean Waters to demonstrate boat washing techniques each summer at Jones Landing
  • Partnering with Michigan Inland Lakes and Streams Association and others to continue research and control of Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM)
  • Utilizing experts with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council to monitor lake shoreline, aquatic vegetation, and lake quality in the face of invasive species
  • Joining the Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CAKE)

Outside Resources

MISIN – Report your findings!
Boater’s Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species 

 

Terrestrial Invasive Species

What’s the Conservancy doing
about priority invasives?
 

  • Creating and talking about the Top 5 Invaders in the Wallon Lake Watershed
  • Joining CAKE Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
  • Monitoring and surveying our preserves for invasives species using the MISIN application http://www.misin.msu.edu/
  • Creating management plans for preserves that include controlling invasive species

Outside Resources

MSU and Michigan Natural Features Inventory Invasive Species Fact Sheets