The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) is happy to announce that there will be dumpsters available in Benzie, Leelanau, and Manistee Counties for community members to use for the disposal of invasive garlic mustard.
Community members are encouraged to remove garlic mustard where possible and dispose of them at any of these sites. When dropping off your bagged garlic mustard, there will be signs on the dumpsters requesting you answer a short survey about the garlic mustard and where it came from. This survey is accessible through a QR code app on a smartphone or you may call the phone number provided. This information is invaluable to the work ISN and other organizations do involving invasive species.
ISN was awarded a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant (administered by the US Forest Service), which provides $1,000 to go toward the dumpsters as a cost-share. Benzie Lake Township, Leelanau Conservancy, the City of Frankfort, Manistee Conservation District, and the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network have been generous enough to host the dumpsters and cover any additional costs and organization. ISN truly appreciates their efforts-Thank you!
The dumpsters will be in place during May and June, although the time-frame may vary slightly with individual hosts. See more details below.
Benzie Lake Township: Township Hall | Benzie County | May, June
City of Frankfort: Location TBD | Benzie County | May, June
NW MI Invasive Species Network: Grand Traverse Conservation District/Boardman River Nature Center parking lot | May, June
Leelanau Conservancy: Clay Cliffs parking lot | Leelanau County | May 18th - June 8th
Manistee Conservation District: Manistee Conservation District parking lot | Manistee County | May, June
These dumpsters are for invasive species disposal ONLY. Garlic mustard MUST be bagged and is NOT to be pulled once it has gone to seed. Transporting the plant once it's in seed GREATLY increases the risk of spread.
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