Early Detection & Response Projects
What is EDR? How is it managed?
- Early Detection and Response (EDR) species are those species that are invasive in other areas—maybe Wisconsin or downstate in Michigan—but are not yet established in northwest lower Michigan. We are continually on the lookout for these species through ISN staff and citizen reports through MISIN as well as a connected web of partner organizations throughout the state.
- EDR species are a risk to our region because they have a reputation for being invasive elsewhere. The plan is to be proactive and catch them while it’s cheap and easy to control the population, rather than waiting until they’re negatively impacting our habitats.
- EDR species are ISN’s highest priority. We are always on the lookout and deeply appreciate your reports through MISIN! Of course, not all EDR locations can be treated; the most common barrier is that ISN may not have permission to work on a property.
What is ISN doing about EDR?
With Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program funds subgranted to ISN through The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, we're spending the 2018-19 and 2019-20 winters looking for an insect invader that harms our trees: hemlock woolly adelgid. This project is a part of a state-wide effort to learn more about where this invader is and isn't in Michigan; the information we gather will be used to create a comprehensive state-wide strategy for management. If you have hemlock trees that need surveying, especially if you're near the Lake Michigan (or Bay) shoreline, please contact us! No parcel is too small (especially if you get your neighbors on board too).
You can learn more about this project from the NatureChange video on the topic.
Through funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, and the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, ISN has been able to work on EDR species throughout our service area.
HWA Survey Technician Andy Harmon looking for invasive hemlock woolly adelgid.
ISN Crew Member Josh Turner controlling
black swallow-wort in Kinglsey.