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Conservation group will hold invasive plant workhop

Huron Pines

The non profit conservation group, Huron Pines will host an online workshop to educate people about an invasive plant in Michigan. While people find more time to enjoy outdoor recreation, the group encourages communities across Michigan to look out for the purple loosestrife.

Huron Pines' environmental education coordinator, Emily Vogelgesang said the goal is to educate participants enough to be able to take samples of the plant.

"It’s really helpful to have other eyes on the ground, but what’s most helpful is if those eyes on the ground are able to follow the same data collection rules that we do," she said.

The purple loosestrife used to be sold in Michigan as an ornamental plant. Now, state law forbids the sale but it can still be found near wetlands, lakes and rivers.

The workshop will be held via Zoom on August 4 and 6.  It's open to the public, 14 years or older.

Registration ends July 31. 

Tess DeGayner is a student reporter for WCMU News. She is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Journalism and Broadcasting. Her hometown is Fenton, Michigan.