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Invasive Species

What is an Invasive Species?

An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan's economy, environment or human health. They compete with native species for resources, reproduce and spread quickly, and lack natural predators. Invasive species affect the stability of Michigan ecosystems and threaten the survival of native Michigan species.

You can visit the Michigan Invasive Species website to learn more about specific invasive species in Michigan or those on Michigan's Invasive Species Watch List.

What Should I Do If I Find an Invasive Species?

Contact the West Michigan Conservation Network.

If you spot an invasive species you can also report it to the Midwest Invasive Species Network (MISIN).

Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species that burrows into and kills ash trees. They are responsible for the loss of millions of ash trees in Michigan.
How Can I Stop the Spread of Invasive Species?

The West Michigan Conservation Network a partnership of governmental organizations, environmental groups, non-profits, and private citizens united to address invasive species in West Michigan. It covers Allegan, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties and provides outreach on invasive species and their impacts as well as conducting invasive species management on both public and private land.

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