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Midwest Invasive Plant List

Over 270 plant species are listed as invasive, noxious, or pest species in the Midwestern U.S. The attached resource list is a compilation of state law invasive plant lists and DNR invasive plant lists in the MIPN area.

Predicting Hatching Success in Eastern Box Turtles Across Habitat Types

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Anthony Beals, Michigan State University

Five Steps to Successful Prairie Meadow Establishment

Prairie meadows are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional high maintenance landscapes. Our native prairie flowers and grasses are stunning both as individuals, and as a complete prairie plant community. Perhaps best of all, the prairie helps us to re-connect with the earth, and creates a haven for the native plants and animals with which we share this beautiful planet.

Sustainable Landscaping Blog

Explore this blog for interesting information about sustainable landscaping regularly. Topics will include landscaping for wildlife, rain gardens, pollinator gardens, prairie gardens, lawn alternatives, reducing resource inputs, and general information on birds, bees, other pollinators, and wildlife.

Interseeding Native Grasses and Forbs into an Existing Native Grass Stand

The purpose of this sheet is to provide landowners with useful information on how to interseed native grasses and forbs into their existing native grass stand.

Invasive Species Network Planting Guide for Municipalities

Native plant recommendations for new plantings (including salt and runoff tolerance information), along with invasive species listed by threat level (including prohibited species) as a guide to park and municipal managers.

Memorandum of Understand (MOU)

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is made and entered into among the members of The Stewardship Network (The Network) listed below. The agreement creates a voluntary network of independent agencies, organizations, and businesses which share common goals and have come together to achieve these goals through coordinated collaboration and cooperation. If you represent an organization, please consider signing this MOU. If you are an individual representing yourself, please consider signing the Steward's Pledge.

MISIN: Report Invasive Species App

The MISIN smartphone app provides a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. You can play an important role in the early detection and rapid response to new invasive threats in your area by contributing invasive species observations to the MISIN database.

Field Guide to Invasive Plants of Aquatic and Wetland Habitats for Michigan

This field guide is intended to help readers identify established, newly introduced and approaching wetland and aquatic invasive species in order to facilitate a rapid response. Identifying new invaders before they can disperse widely is the most efficient and cost effective method for limiting their destructive effects.

Game of Logging - Chainsaw Use Training

Game of Logging – Level 1 written by Deb Nagle - An interactive resource to help with chainsaw use training!

Great Lakes Watershed Management System

Great Lakes Watershed Management System

Wild Rice, A Return to the Past

An article on wild rice from Michigan History Magazine by Barb Barton.

Vegetation Maps Circa 1800

Between 1816 and 1856, Michigan was systematically surveyed by the General Land Office (GLO), which had been established by the federal government in 1785. The detailed notes taken by the land surveyors have proven to be a useful source of information on Michigan's landscape as it appeared prior to wide-spread European settlement.

Tortoise Wins the Race: Transformation Away from Invasive Phragmites Requires Slower

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Greg Norwood from The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Cluster Coordinator Position Description (Volunteer)

The Cluster Coordinator serves as the primary volunteer leader of a local Cluster. The role of a Cluster Coordinator multi-faceted: He or she is simultaneously a leader, champion, facilitator, and/or gardener as the community necessitates. This role is vitally important to ensuring the continued involvement of a diverse array of partners, the recruitment of new partners, and to maximize the success of a local Cluster and leverage the strengths of those involved. The Cluster Coordinator can draw on the support, systems, and structures provided by the Network to fill this role. Learn more about this role here!

Successful Volunteer Management: How Proper Recruitment and Evaluation Lead to Improved Retention

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Jason Frenzel of the Huron River Watershed Council

Paradise Lake Pilot Boat Washing Station: Preventing Spread Alien Invasive Species

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Kira Davis from the Little Traverse Bay of Odawa Indians

Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference Program 2015

Welcome to The Stewardship Network’s Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems 2015 conference. This event brings together an amazing array of people dedicated to the care of our lands and waters in the Great Lakes region and beyond. We would like to thank the many volunteers, presenters and sponsors along with YOU, the attendees, for making this conference possible. Each of us is here as both teacher and student, a true community of peers striving to create healthy, sustainable social and ecological structures in a constantly changing world.

Non-Native Phragmites Management in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Darcy Rutkowski of The Upper Peninsula Resources Conservation and Development Council

Soil Qualities Affecting Resistance, Resilience and Restoration

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Hugh J. Brown of Ball State University