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State plans to combat land based invasive species

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Michigan has a new plan to combat and manage the state’s land-based invasive species.

The plan is intended to nip the problem of new invasives in the bud and to provide resources to stop invasive species before they become established.

Greg Norwood is an invasive species coordinator with the DNR.

“So a new species show up on the horizon, we learn about them by working with other states or provinces, and so we approach with all of our partners this watchlist in a very collaborative way and one that’s nimble, that changes with changing conditions.”

Norwood said there are four key goals to the plan. Prevention, early detection and response, control and restoration, and collaboration.