We've been hard at work beautifying Go Beyond Beauty!
New branding, new resources, and revamped
participant benefits are in the works!
Emily and Miriam are expanding the reach of Go Beyond Beauty by inviting retail and wholesale nurseries, landscapers, garden clubs, lake and neighborhood associations, municipalities, and concerned individuals who buy, sell, distribute or install any kind of landscaping or gardens to participate in this voluntary program.
What's in it for you
In exchange for their pledge to not sell high-threat invasive plants, participants receive a wide variety of benefits, including a beautiful participant sign to display at your business with pride, staff training and educational resources for your customers and clients, and free online advertising. We want to reward you for joining the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network in protecting Michigan's natural beauty!
You can find more information about Go Beyond Beauty on our website, or send a shout to Emily Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing the ISN Tool Library!
ISN is happy to announce our improved Tool Library program. If you are interested in using a weed wrench to remove woody invasive shrubs from your property, or collecting data using a GPS unit, please fill out this simple form to reserve the tools you need. This program is open to the public, and the tools are available for 1 week periods with a $50 refundable deposit.
Fall is a great time to tackle the invasive woody shrubs on your property, and a weed wrench is an easy alternative to herbicide treatment. Read this how-to article to make sure a weed wrench is right for your invasive species removal project, and then make your reservation using the link above.
Speaking of removing woody shrubs, ISN hosted four workbees in September, including two workshops, to educate landowners on invasive species identification and management. It was a great opportunity, and folks enjoyed getting experience removing unwanted woody plants, including autumn olive, barberry, honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and buckthorn. Participants watched an herbicide demonstration and got their hands dirty while yanking out autumn olive plants with weed wrenches. Thank you to all who took part, including Suz McLaughlin who catered such delicious food for after our hard work.
As always, please contact ISN if you have any questions regarding identification, treatment, or upcoming events. You can also report plant sightings to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) at any time.
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