Spring is the time for ISN's garlic mustard workbees, with one held in each county of ISN's service area. We appreciate everyone who volunteered. We couldn't do it without you - Thank you!
Garlic mustard is an invasive plant species that crowds out native wildflowers, like trillium, and prevents the growth of forest tree seedlings. Its roots release a chemical into the soil which prevents seeds of other plants from sprouting nearby. Garlic mustard can easily be hand-pulled, then bagged before it goes to seed. Never compost the plant, as seeds can survive composting and be spread.
Disposing of bagged garlic mustard has been tricky in the past. Even though it is legal to send to the dump, it can be difficult to communicate with the trash company. ISN has received funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the US Forest Service to alleviate some of this struggle by working with partners to place designated dumpsters in each county of ISN's service area. When dropping off your bagged garlic mustard, there are signs on the dumpsters requesting you answer a short survey about the garlic mustard and where it came from to assist with the grant reporting. This survey is accessible through a QR code app on a smartphone or you may call the phone number provided.
Benzie: Lake Township
Frankfort & Lake Township Hall parking lot
Grand Traverse: NW MI Invasive Species Network
Grand Traverse Conservation District/Boardman River Nature Center
Leelanau: Leelanau Conservancy
Clay Cliffs Natural Area parking lot
Manistee: Manistee Conservation District
Manistee Conservation District parking lot
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