Invasive Species

Save Our Trees – Stop the Spread of Invasive Species!

The state of Michigan has 19.3 million acres of forested land that covers 53% of the state. As stated in Michigan’s terrestrial invasive species management plan, 96,000 jobs and over $20 million dollars is added to Michigan economy through forest-based industries and tourism/recreation. Forests are tremendously beneficial to all Michiganders. Which is why the threat…

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OTG Jr: Haslett Students Make Big Impact at Rose Lake SGA

Between 98 students and 12 chaperones, Haslett schools made a big impact at Rose Lake State Game Area last week. On Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24, elementary students, teachers, and relatives from the Haslett school district came out to Rose Lake SGA for a day of volunteering and conservation education. The sites included…

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2 Days, 300 Hawthorn Seedlings and 480 Lbs. of Garlic Mustard

It has been a productive week for MUCC and our OTG Jr. Program! Despite an OTG Jr. event cancellation due to poor weather on Thursday, May 9th, me, Shaun, Autumn and Morgan still went out to Cass City to complete the tree planting project. After meeting with DNR Wildlife Biologist Tammy Giroux, we drove out…

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PlayCleanGo: An Opportunity to Join the Fight Against Michigan’s Terrestrial Invasive Species

Michigan’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Management Plan is a statewide effort to reduce the environmental and economic damages caused by terrestrial invasive species (TIS). To assist in fighting terrestrial invasive species, there are programs like PlayCleanGo that allow the public to take action.  For more information on Michigan’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Management Plan, click here. To…

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Michigan’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Management Plan Spotlight: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA)

According to a report by Michigan’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Management Plan: “Terrestrial invasive species (TIS) — non-native plants, insects, animals and diseases that harm the environment, economy and human health — are taking a toll on Michigan. Michigan’s Terrestrial Invasive Species State Management Plan provides a strategy for preventing introductions of invasive species on land…

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MUCC Names Amy Trotter Executive Director

Amy Trotter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 28, 2018 Media Contact: Amy Trotter, 517-331-1909 Yesterday, Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Board named MUCC Deputy Director Amy Trotter the next executive director of the organization. Dan Eichinger submitted his resignation and was appointed as the new director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources by Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer, effective…

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Conservation Groups Thank Senators for Maintaining Protections to Keep Non-native Species out of U.S. Waters, Great Lakes

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION PRESS RELEASE Coast Guard bill maintains core clean water protections, but makes it harder for states to secure more stringent protections. ANN ARBOR, MICH. (November 14, 2018)—The National Wildlife Federation and state affiliates Indiana Wildlife Federation, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Minnesota Conservation Federation, Prairie Rivers Network, and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation today thanked…

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Michigan Works Students Get Outside

To wrap up the fiscal year 2018 for OTG Jr, we had the opportunity to do some work close to home.  We brought a group of students down to Camp from Lansing.  Outreach Specialist Hunter Salisbury and I had a chance to work with some non-traditional students who participated in OTG Jr. and an outdoor…

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MUCC Outreach Update: Feral Swine

At Michigan United Conservation Clubs, a large part of what we do is education and outreach to combat the spread of invasive species. Funding for our outreach and communications on feral swine is made possible through a grant from the Michigan Invasive Species Program (www.michigan.gov/invasives). Our MSU Glassen Scholar Ian FitzGerald wanted to learn more…

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