National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) will be celebrated Monday, February 27 – Friday, March 3, 2017. For five days, individuals and organizations across the country will come together to promote invasive species awareness, shining a light on an environmental issue that costs billions of dollars each year to manage and prevent.
Locally, the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) will recognize the event through daily Facebook postings and emails that include educational tips, information on priority plants, a how-to on reporting invasive plants, ways to get involved and local success stories. Additionally, ISN is hosting a Facebook giveaway that will include t-shirts, stickers, invasive species identification books and boot brushes. Sign up on ISN’s Facebook page.
The ISN works to promote awareness of this issue not only during the upcoming awareness week, but all year long. Michigan is special. With unique dune systems, diverse forests, and fresh water, there is a lot to love – but there is also a lot to protect. Many invasive species thrive in this region and gradually alter the landscape, which negatively impacts wildlife, personal enjoyment and the economy.
Partnerships are key when it comes to educating the public on invasive species and in turn, successfully managing an area that has been affected. ISN is fortunate to thrive with the support of more than 40 partners who all play a pivotal role in the protection of Michigan’s natural resources. From small community groups to federal agencies, the diversity of these groups allows ISN to focus its efforts on projects spanning four counties – Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee.
Find more information on National Invasive Species Awareness Week and the ISN and its 40+ partners online.
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About the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network
The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) is a collaboration of over 40 highly motivated and respected organizations in the region. ISN’s mission is to protect, enhance, and promote northwest Michigan's natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach. Its service area includes Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau, and Grand Traverse counties. More information can be found at HabitatMatters.org.
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