(Marquette, MI) – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is working with youth, Native American tribes and many groups to fight invasive plants – and restore indigenous vegetation that is best for pollinators like bees and butterflies
Invasive (non-native) plants are choking out natural flora and fauna – and are one of many reasons that one-third of pollinators have disappeared
On a cold wind-driven rainy fall day in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula just blocks from the roaring waves of Lake Superior, a conference was held for the many federal, state and local agencies and organizations that are on the front line of the fight to eradicate all forms of invasive species.
The menace is as tricky as it is widespread and costly to stop – invasive species ride on the wind, float on the water and find all forms of human transportation to creep their way across the Midwest – and the entire country.
From stubborn non-native weeds that travel with and on unsuspecting tourists to aquatic life like Zebra mussels that hitch a ride on ore boats and ocean freighters.
USFS Eastern Region Botanist Jan Schultz was the keynote speaker on Tues., Oct. 16, 2012 at the Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team of the U.P.! (RIPP IT UP!) Third Annual Northern Great Lakes Conference named “A United Front against Invasive Species” in the Marquette Masonic Lodge and Center.
The Marquette, Michigan presentation by Schultz titled “An Overview of Just How Far We’ve Come in the Battle against Invasive Species” was watched by many USFS employees and several groups assisting in the fight to stop invasive non-native weeds that are choking out all forms of wildlife.
Schultz is the USFS Non-native Invasive Species and Special Forest Products Program Leader stationed in Milwaukee, WI.
The hosts of the conference are one of the main northern Michigan groups fighting Invasives – and the group has a catching acronym for their long name: RIPP IT UP stands for Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team of the U.P.
Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team of the U.P. (RIPP IT UP)
906-643-7900 ext. 155
Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coordinator
Dickinson Conservation District
102 North Hooper St.
FY 2011 Accomplishments Fighting Invasive Species USFS Eastern Region 9 Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) Report
CWMA Cookbook: A Recipe for Success
A Step-by-Step Guide: How to develop Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA)
USDA USFS National Botanist
Jan Schultz, USFS
E. Region 9 Botanist
R9 Tribal Relations Specialist
906-643-7900 Ext. 155
Hiawatha National Forest
Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest
Matt Bushman, district botanist
Darienne McNamara, CWMA Coordinator
Nick Cassel, Coordinator
Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Ottawa National Forest
Western Peninsula Invasive Coalition (WePic)
Gogebic County, MI/Iron County, WI
Noxious Weed Coordinator
Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC)
Dickinson Conservation District
Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA)
Janet Marr, Coordinator
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
Huron Manistee National Forest
Northwest Michigan CWMA
Carolyn Henne, USFS
Robert Makowski, USFS
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