Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

I want to give a shout-out to a site I’ve just discovered: Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.  As part of the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition, NWMISN provides information and advice for “Protecting, enhancing, and promoting northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach.”

The mission statement goes on to say “The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) works directly with partners in four counties: Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee. It is currently funded through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and was founded through the merger of the Grand Traverse Regional Invasive Species Network and Northwest Michigan CWMA in 2012.”

Despite the gloomy-doomy sound of the enterprise, ISN provides a vibrant web presence, with a young, dedicated staff.  The main thrust of their mission is terrestrial invasive plants, but there is a spot for aquatic invasive species which may grow over time. Pay a visit and subscribe to their newsletter . .you won’t be sorry.

photo credit: mark smith: “ripple effect”

Mark Smith

Grew up in Petoskey, so perhaps one of the few people in Leland who headed south to end up “Up North”. Graduated from U of M. Taught in Scotland for 10 years, came back to Leland in 1989 and taught English for 25 years at Leland Public School. Still teach part time for NMC. My lovely wife is named Marjory – three grown kids (two living locally) and three grandkids. We live on N. Lake Leelanau with access to both lakes Michigan and Leelanau Life is good!