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Grand Haven, MI 49417
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Our Mission is to be your local resource for natural resource management, helping people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment for future generations in Ottawa County.

Invasive Species Control

Oriental Bittersweet (Michigan DNR)

Phragmites (National Park Service)

The Ottawa Conservation District is now capable of providing technical assistance, identification, and control of small populations of non-native terrestrial invasive species through the new Invasive Species Program. Funding has been provided by grants distributed through the West Michigan Cluster of the Stewardship Network and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This funding was used to purchase equipment to allow the district to implement this program. Services will be funded by fees paid by participants and will include assessments, inventories, and control. Cost share funding may also be available in the future to landowners for treating infestations of un-wanted terrestrial invasive species and restoring natural habitats. This service will be provided by certified applicators.

High Priority List:

  1. Oriental Bittersweet
  2. Phragmites
  3. Japanese Knotweed
  4. Pale or Black Swallow- wort
  5. Japanese Barberry
  6. Glossy/Common Buckthorn
  7. Japanese Honeysuckle
  8. Autumn Olive
  9. Black Locust

Further information about these species, habitats, habits, biology, and treatment methods can be found on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources webpage on Invasive Species

Invasive species are a serious threat to natural ecosystems and biodiversity. They are known to out-compete native species for resources such as food and habitat (Michigan DNR). The Ottawa Conservation District encourages landowners to contact us or their local natural resources professionals to assist in identifying or controlling unwanted invasive species.