2012-04-26 / Outdoors

Central UP Cooperative members to hold presentation on invasive plants

A presentation on non-native invasive plants (NNIP) is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Women’s Federation Clubhouse, located at 104 W. Ridge Street in Marquette. This presentation is free to the public and will provide information on NNIP presented by members of Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area (CUPCWMA).

CUPCWMA was formed December of 2008 and includes more than a dozen members from natural resource management agencies, conservation districts, conservation and watershed organizations and private land groups from Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft and Marquette Counties. The goal of CUPCWMA is to slow the spread of non-native plants in the Central U.P. CUPCWMA coordinates cross-boundary on-the-ground control projects, educational outreach, data collection and monitoring of invasive plants. Through CUPCWMA public and private landowners work together to address NNIP concerns and improve habitat for a suite of native species. Any group or organization may join CUPCWMA.

Non-native plant presentations will focus on invasive plants of concern with treatment options and will include a mix of terrestrial and aquatic plant species; information on the UP RC&D “Garlic Mustard Grant” and wetland habitat preservation and invasive plant removal in McCormick Wilderness Area.

Time will be allotted for a question period and information on CUPCWMA accomplishments, brochures with information on nonnatives plants, 2012 volunteer opportunities and future workshops will be provided. For further information you may contact Deb Le Blanc at 387-2512 ext. 19, Geri Grant at 228-6095 ext13 or Sue Rabitaille: srborealis @peoplepc.com.

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