Upcoming invasive species webinars focus on law enforcement, boating hygiene and Lymantria dispar (formerly gypsy moth)

February 10, 2022

New sessions in Michigan’s NotMISpecies webinar series will cover how conservation officers help prevent invasive species introductions, as well as ways to enjoy the outdoors while minimizing the harmful effects of plants, animals and invasive pests.

Supported by the Michigan Invasive Species Program, the hour-long monthly webinars are designed to keep people informed about available programs, ongoing research, and emerging issues in the state and Great Lakes region. Q&A sessions and links to resources help attendees get the most out of every presentation.

“The AIS-Team” (9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16) explores the role of conservation officers in preventing invasive species introductions through law enforcement. Join the Cape. Nick Torsky of the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Unit of the Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources to learn more about boating and bait enforcement, monitoring of trade in live plants and animals in Michigan, interagency cooperation in the Great Lakes Basin, and some recent investigations that highlight MNR’s law enforcement efforts.

“Step Aboard” (9 a.m. Thursday, March 24) provides an introduction to Michigan’s Clean Boats, Clean Waters grant program, providing resources for groups interested in preventing aquatic invasive species through increased boater education and awareness. . Kelsey Bockleman and Paige Filice of Michigan State University Extension and Kevin Walters of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will reveal 2022 grant winners, share information about past projects, and help groups prepare to apply for a grant. of the program in 2023.

“New Name, Familiar Pest” (9 a.m. Thursday, April 14) focuses on Lymantria dispar (formerly known as the gypsy moth), an invasive pest now considered naturalized in Michigan forests. A panel of experts including Dr. Deborah McCullough of MSU, Dr. Steven Katovich of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Susie Iott of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and James Wieferich of DNR will cover the unusual history of this pest in the United States and here in Michigan, and what you can do to reduce some of the unpleasant effects of an outbreak. You’ll learn tips to help stressed trees recover from defoliation and options to help reduce nuisance around your home.

“Clean It Up, Drain It Out, Dry It Off” (9 a.m. Thursday, May 12) will show how easy it is for boaters to adopt the Clean, Drain, Dry process to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. MSU Extension’s Kelsey Bockleman and EGLE’s Kevin Walters will provide a live demonstration of each step of the process. The team will demonstrate the essentials of boat decontamination using basic tools like towels and brushes and demonstrate the features and operation of a trailer-mounted mobile boat washing system.

If you’re new to the series, it’s easy to catch up on topics like collaborative efforts in invasive carp management, early detection and response to aquatic invasive species, and the threat posed by the Spotted Lantern. . Recorded versions of all previous NotMISpecies webinars are available at Michigan.gov/EGLEEvents under “Featured Webinar Series”.

the Michigan Invasive Species Program, a collaborative effort of the Departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; and Agriculture and Rural Development, coordinates and supports invasive species initiatives statewide and provides support through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.

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