ISN is proud to report the work completed during 2015! Treatment efforts were handled by a four person crew that worked in all four counties (Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee) and with multiple partners. The crew successfully surveyed more than 900 acres and treated over 500 acres for “Top 20” invasive species. Additionally, ISN hosted several workbees including four garlic mustard events and two for woody invasives. Beautiful natural areas throughout our service area served as our work sites and in all, more that 180 volunteer hours were contributed towards the removal of high priority species. We are aiming for even more next year!
Additionally, education continues to be a priority for ISN. Outreach on the topic of invasive plant species and management approaches is crucial in this collaborative effort towards control! In the last 12 months, we directly contacted over 1,400 members of the public through outreach efforts (including more than 30 presentations to local governments, school groups, garden clubs, etc.).
Finally, Go Beyond Beauty continues to be a successful and innovative program in northwest Michigan and we are happy to report that there are now 8 nurseries and 13 landscapers participating! This is a fantastic step towards preventing the spread of high priority invasives as many of them are still sold as ornamentals. Stay tuned in the upcoming months as we transition into the new year and begin work towards our 2016 goals!
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