Invasive Species

Invasive species, or non-native plants, often lack the population controls from natural predators, competitors, and diseases that are found in their natural environment, which gives them an opportunity to outcompete native plants.  In addition, excessive plant growth, algae, and invasive aquatic plants can sometimes be a nuisance to ponds, lakes, streams, wetland areas, and storm water detention and retention facilities.  The negative effects that these invasive species present to the local environment include:

  • Reduced biodiversity
  • Altered hydrologic and/or soil conditions
  • Altered fire intensity and frequency
  • Natural succession interference
  • Pollinator competition
  • Poisoned/repelled native insects
  • Displacement of rare plant species
  • Increased predation on nesting birds
  • Increase in plant pathogens introduced into the area
  • Replacement of complex communities with single species monoculture
  • Native species’ genetic composition dilution due to hybridization
  • Local industries and agriculture threatened
  • Human health endangered

Some of the common invasive plant species found in Michigan that require control include:

Garlic Mustard

Eurasian Watermilfoil

Common Buckthorn

Purple Loosestrife

Glossy Buckthorn

Narrow Leaf Cattail


Invasive Phragmites

North Campus Woodland Conservation Project

Aquatic and Nuisance Species Control Permits

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