We studied the effects of seeding, site preparation (mowing, mowing + clopyralid, mowing + glyphosate), hand pulling of spotted knapweed, and burning on native plant community restoration on a degraded site in western Michigan. Native species established on all seeded plots, regardless of site preparation method. Persistent hand pulling provided the most effective knapweed control. Burning increased relative cover of native graminoids, while hand pulling and burning in combination increased relative cover of native forbs. After eight years, relative cover of native grasses and forbs was only 12.7 ± 3.7% in untreated areas, but ranged from 59.1 ± 3.8% on seeded plots that received only site preparation to 89.9 ± 2.4% on seeded plots that also received hand pulling and burning. The restored communities had greater numbers of native species and higher values of C̄, FQI, and Shannon’s diversity index than untreated areas, all indicators of a successful restoration trajectory.