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State awards grants to 35 invasive species research, management projects

Red swamp crayfish
Santa Monica Mountains
The red swamp crayfish is an invasive species on Michigan's watchlist.

The state is awarding $3.6 million dollars to universities, conservation districts, and nonprofits for their efforts to tackle invasive species.

The hemlock woolly adelgid, the spotted lanternfly, and red swamp crayfish may be familiar names. These invasive species are all on Michigan’s “watch list” and pose an immediate or potential threat to the state’s economy, environment, and health.

That’s why projects focused on prevention, detection, and management of these species are receiving state funding.

35 organizations across the state have been awarded funding through the grant program. Projects include invasive species research, education, and coordination efforts.

See the full list of grant awardees here.

Teresa Homsi is an environmental reporter and Report for America Corp Member based in northern Michigan for WCMU. She is covering rural environmental issues, public health and Michigan commerce. Homsi has a bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in environmental studies, journalism and anthropology. During her undergraduate, she was a beat reporter for CMU’s student newspaper Central Michigan Life and interned for the Huron Daily Tribune. She has also interned for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in the superfund section. *Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms, more info at
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