One of the biggest conundrums any land manager / property owner / community faces is how to respond to the early detection of an aggressive invasive species. Three years into this topic, partners from the Washtenaw Stiltgrass Working Group will present on the work and results since undertaking an “early detection and rapid response” strategy in the first documented outbreak of Stiltgrass in Michigan. Learn how the community of conservation partners and private property owners quickly banded together and rather than wait for this species to invade their property worked quickly, strategically and in coordinated fashion. Most organizations and individuals were already part of The Stewardship Network Huron-Arbor Cluster which allowed for the capacity of an immediate control effort. Three years later we present on the results and ongoing efforts to contain the highly invasive and destructive stiltgrass from escaping further into Michigan’s natural communities.
Chloe Hernandez is the Stiltgrass Coordinator for the Washtenaw Stiltgrass Working Group. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s Environmental Science and Biology program in December and has since been helping plan for the upcoming stiltgrass season alongside the Stiltgrass Working Group partners. She is responsible for coordinating treatment, community outreach, and spreading awareness about the threat of stiltgrass. By creating relationships with landowners in stiltgrass-invaded areas, the Stiltgrass Working Group has helped empower the community to become involved in local conservation efforts.
Allison Krueger is the Stewardship Manager for Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. Her work prioritizes utilizing current scientific research and sustainable practices to develop strategic plans, designs, and land management activities across a portfolio of landscapes that includes over 6000 acres. She has a Bachelors of Science in Botany and a Masters of Landscape Architecture. Allison has been working in the field of ecological restoration for over 10 years, previously on projects along the Detroit River. Allison is also the Vice Chair of the Washtenaw County Brownfield Authority.