Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park.
A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes.

Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park.
A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes.

Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park.
A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes.

Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park.
A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes.

Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Invasive Species Program

April 23 – September 24 | Second Tuesday | 10 am-Noon   *   Fourth Tuesday | 6 pm – 8 pm

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. A discussion to identify these plants will take place before we begin. AFFEW partners with the City of Ludington, Mason-Lake Conservation District and North Country CISMA to remove/treat these aggressive plants. Below is more information on some of the challenging invasive plants at Cartier Park.

Check the schedule on our Events and Activities page for dates we’ll be meeting. Meet at the Ludington Central Bark Park at the end of Rath Ave. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes. Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions. Please note: both September events will be at 10 am.  To be added to our email list to receive reminders about upcoming events and cancellations due to weather, contact Sara Bolan at sarab@affew.org or by phone 815-592-9032.

Unfortunately some of these invasive species can still be bought at nurseries and big box stores. When considering plants for your property choose native species over invasive.  Once an invasive plant escapes into a natural area it can cause significant issues for native plants and wildlife. This includes altering soil chemistry in a way that gives future generations of invasive plants a competitive advantage.


Below is information compiled by Dave Dister, local botanist and author of The Birds of Mason County, Michigan, regarding invasive species he has identified at Cartier Park and his extensive research on the “Vascular Flora of Ludington State Park”. He’s also provided additional resources you may find interesting.

Michigan Flora On-Line ( Michigan Flora ) [note that distribution maps by county don’t distinguish between native plants and escapes from cultivation, though species accounts may comment on that]
 
A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan (Joshua G. Cohen, Michael A. Kost, Bradford S. Slaughter, & Dennis A. Albert), MNFI, Michigan State University Press, 2015
 
Native American Medicinal Plants, An Ethnobotanical Dictionary, Daniel E. Moerman, Timber Press, 2009

Learn more about invasive species and how to report them on North Country CISMA‘s website. View their High Priority Species  page for more information on identify invasive plant species in Michigan.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park.
A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes.

Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park.
A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes.

Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Invasive Species Removal at Ludington State Park

Join Emily Leslie, DNR Natural Resource Steward, on Sunday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an invasive species pull in the Ludington State Park.

Meet at the small parking area at the intersection of Piney Ridge Road and 19th Street, which is just north of the Hobby Crest Resort.

Join in the effort to oust Japanese barberry from the coastal dune system!  This invasive plant has found its way into our natural areas and threatens to displace the forest understory. No experience is necessary, and training and tools will be provided. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended to protect against thorns.

For more information or to register contact Emily at (517) 242-8760 LeslieE1@michigan.gov.

Invasive Species Identification & Control Presentation

Oriental Bittersweet

Have you ever wondered why certain plants in your yard keep coming back even after they’ve been removed multiple times? Most likely it’s one of the many invasive plant species found in our area. Vicki Sawicki, Program Coordinator for North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA) will share her knowledge about some of the aggressive invasive plants in the Ludington area and how they can be controlled. The main focus will be on Oriental Bittersweet, Japanese Knotweed and Tree of Heaven. Vicki has been working in invasive species since her master’s thesis on purple loosestrife, completed in 1998 at Binghamton University in New York. She worked in invasive species control and habitat restoration for the U.S. Forest Service in Baldwin, before becoming the coordinator for North Country CISMA.

Invasive Plant Removal * NEW DATE!!

Due to increment weather, this event has been moved to September 19!

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. In August we pulled several Bush Honeysuckle shrubs. We’ll continue removing this shrub that replaces native plants. Even though it does provide some nectar and berries to insects and birds the leaves are not palatable to most native insects. A discussion to help identify these shrubs will take place before we start.

Meet at the parking area by the gazebo by Lincoln Lake at the end of Rath Ave.  Bring water,  gloves and wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.