Michigan’s Early Detection and Response (EDR) Program for High Threat Aquatic Invasive Plants

Even the best prevention efforts are unable to stop all invasive species introductions, but a program that responds prudently and engages key stakeholders will help minimize the threat of invasions negatively affecting ecosystems. Under several Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants we implemented a statewide invasive species response program focusing on high threat aquatic plants. We conducted outreach, surveyed reported occurrences, planned and implemented responses for confirmed infestations, monitored results and delivered education programs. Presentation by Kile Kucher of Michigan DNR and Phyllis Higman of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.