Yooper Troopers take on phragmites in the next NotMISpecies webinar

Fall is the time for great matchups, and the NotMISpecies webinar series is in on the game. We’re kicking off this season by showcasing a winning program in the Upper Peninsula that’s gaining ground against invasive phragmites.

Yooper Troopers: Lessons Learned Controlling Phragmites in Michigan’s U.P. (9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22) explores how a peninsula-wide collaborative effort has kept this shoreline and wetland invader in check. Join Nick Cassel, executive director of the U.P. Resource Conservation and Development Council, to learn how partners in the U.P. Phragmites Coalition are working together to find and control infestations, and how their work can help you, regardless of where you are in the state.

Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m., There’s a Lamprey in my Classroom! Infusing Invasive Species Education into Statewide Programs showcases the work of Michigan Department of Natural Resources educators across the state, from visitor centers and campground programs to live, virtual classroom sessions. Whether you’re an educator, a parent or someone who enjoys learning, DNR aquatic education coordinator Tracy Page will explain how to take advantage of these programs no matter where you are.

Anyone who has wondered about what can ̶ or can’t ̶ be done about aquatic invasive species will gain helpful information from Treat Me Right! Rules, Regulations and Best Practices for Controlling Aquatic Invasive Species in Michigan’s Inland Lakes (9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10). Eric Calabro, environmental quality analyst with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, will explain state regulations and options for physical and mechanical aquatic invasive species control. Find out when a permit is needed, what to consider when choosing a control method, and best management practices to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

Supported by the Michigan Invasive Species program, the monthly, hourlong webinars are designed to keep people informed about available programs, current research and emerging issues in the state and the Great Lakes region. Question and answer sessions and links to resources help attendees get the most out of each presentation.

The webinar series takes a break in December.

If you’re looking to fill the void, take some time to catch up on topics you might have missed, including the latest information on didymo in Michigan, the threat posed by spotted lanternfly and boating hygiene to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives.

Recorded versions of all previous NotMISpecies webinars are available at Michigan.gov/EGLE/Outreach/not-mi-species-webinar-series.

Michigan’s Invasive Species Program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Agriculture and Rural Development, coordinates and supports invasive species initiatives across the state and provides support through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.