Michigan efforts get $4 million to fight invasive species

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 20 projects are getting more than $4 million as part of efforts to fight invasive species.

The state says Thursday the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is central to efforts to bring a comprehensive approach to the problem. The initiative involves the departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects include efforts to map and treat oak wilt in Alpena, Dickinson and Menominee counties; to teach boaters about the importance of cleaning watercraft to contain invasive species; and to better integrate plans to manage aquatic invasive species in southwestern Michigan.

DNR Director Keith Creagh says partnerships “are vital to keeping our waters, woods and coasts thriving as healthy ecosystems.”

Details on grant recipients are posted online.

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