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  1. ISN Partner Meeting

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    Hosted at the Boardman River Nature Center Join ISN to hear invasive species updates from ISN and its partners - including field season reports, strategic plan review, Go Beyond Beauty news, and much more! Coffee and light refreshments are provided. For fellowship beforehand, bring you lunch early! RSVPs are not required but questions can be directed to ISN Coordinator, Katie Grzesiak - (231) 941-0960 x 29 or kgrzesiak@gtcd.org www.habitatmatters.org
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    Join ISN to remove Japanese barberry from downtown Frankfort! Located next to City Hall, on Main St., this beautiful park is full of barberry and we want to remove the plants and replace them with native species. This is hard but rewarding work - ISN will provide all tools, just bring gloves! For more information, please contact ISN Outreach Specialist, Emily Cook - (231)941-0960 x 20 or ecook@gtcd.org
  3. Landing Blitz on Crystal Lake

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    ISN is partnering with Benzie Conservation District, the Crystal Lake and Watershed Association, and the Department of Environmental Quality to host a “Landing Blitz” in Benzie County! This event is a collaborative outreach campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through recreational boating and related activities. Taking preventative steps (i.e. cleaning your boat and live wells) before moving to another lake can make an incredible difference in the battle against invasive species. Please join us on Saturday, July 1, from noon-3:00pm at the DNR’s new Crystal Lake Boating Access Site, just off of M-115 and Mollineaux Road.Volunteers will be on site to deliver information on how to stop unwanted aquatic hitchhikers. Additionally, we will provide demonstrations on how to properly rinse your boat by utilizing the permanent boat washing station on site, owned and operated by the CLWA. Boaters will be greeted with free outreach materials and goodies (like microfiber towels), while supplies last. This is a wonderful opportunity to take great steps towards protecting our region’s natural ecology – and it takes just a few extra moments on what we are hoping will be a beautiful 4th of July weekend! Help make Benzie County’s “Landing Blitz” a success by taking a break on Crystal Lake! These events are being held all over the state during the first week of July – join the invasive species efforts happening in your region! Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or email ecook@gtcd.org
  4. Japanese Knotweed Community Training

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    Japanese knotweed, also known as "Michigan bamboo", is a highly invasive plant in our region and it's becoming a major issue for homeowners and land managers. Its incredible root system can damage infrastructure and above ground, it chokes out native vegetation and hurts wildlife habitat. This community training will focus on: How knotweed grows and spreads The best time and methods for controlling knotweed Hands-on demonstrations at a knotweed-infested site Techniques for preventing the spread of knotweed including proper handling of waste. We will begin indoors for a presentation and then venture to a knotweed site for hands-on demonstrations of proper identification and treatment. This training is free and open to anyone with knotweed concerns. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVPs are required as space is limited. You can register here. When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pmWhere: Please meet at West Shore Medical Center, classroom #1 (1465 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee, MI). Carpooling will be available to our demonstration site, located approximately three miles away.Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or email ecook@gtcd.org
  5. Baby's Breath Workbee

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    Join ISN and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as we work to remove invasive baby's breath from Elberta Beach in Benzie County! Spreading easily over northwest Michigan's beaches and dunes, baby's breath crowds out native plants and degrades important habitat. We need your help to restore Elberta Beach back to a diverse, healthy landscape! With a deep taproot, removal is hard work but extremely rewarding. Shovels and other tools will be provided but please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands while using shovels. Long pants are recommended as there is some poison ivy on the beach. We will meet at Elberta Beach parking lot. Water and other refreshments will be provided.As an extra thank you to volunteers, each particpant will receive coupons to both Stormcloud Brewing and the Crescent Bakery. There will also be a drawing at the end of each workbee for additional prizes including discounts to The Cabbage Shed and Frank Z, packets of wildflower seeds, ISN tee-shirts, and more! Feel free to join us at one or all of the following dates! Thursday, May 25 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, June 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, June 17 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, July 6 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, July 15 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, August 3 - 9:00am-12:00pm 'Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or ecook@gtcd.org
  6. Baby's Breath Workbee

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    Join ISN and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as we work to remove invasive baby's breath from Elberta Beach in Benzie County! Spreading easily over northwest Michigan's beaches and dunes, baby's breath crowds out native plants and degrades important habitat. We need your help to restore Elberta Beach back to a diverse, healthy landscape! With a deep taproot, removal is hard work but extremely rewarding. Shovels and other tools will be provided but please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands while using shovels. Long pants are recommended as there is some poison ivy on the beach. We will meet at Elberta Beach parking lot. Water and other refreshments will be provided.As an extra thank you to volunteers, each particpant will receive coupons to both Stormcloud Brewing and the Crescent Bakery. There will also be a drawing at the end of each workbee for additional prizes including discounts to The Cabbage Shed and Frank Z, packets of wildflower seeds, ISN tee-shirts, and more! Feel free to join us at one or all of the following dates! Thursday, May 25 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, June 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, June 17 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, July 6 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, July 15 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, August 3 - 9:00am-12:00pm 'Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or ecook@gtcd.org
  7. Baby's Breath Workbees

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    Join ISN and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as we work to remove invasive baby's breath from Elberta Beach in Benzie County! Spreading easily over northwest Michigan's beaches and dunes, baby's breath crowds out native plants and degrades important habitat. We need your help to restore Elberta Beach back to a diverse, healthy landscape! With a deep taproot, removal is hard work but extremely rewarding. Shovels and other tools will be provided but please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands while using shovels. Long pants are recommended as there is some poison ivy on the beach. We will meet at Elberta Beach parking lot. Water and other refreshments will be provided.As an extra thank you to volunteers, each particpant will receive coupons to both Stormcloud Brewing and the Crescent Bakery. There will also be a drawing at the end of each workbee for additional prizes including discounts to The Cabbage Shed and Frank Z, packets of wildflower seeds, ISN tee-shirts, and more! Feel free to join us at one or all of the following dates! Thursday, May 25 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, June 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, June 17 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, July 6 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, July 15 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, August 3 - 9:00am-12:00pm 'Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or ecook@gtcd.org
  8. Baby's Breath Workbee

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    Join ISN and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as we work to remove invasive baby's breath from Elberta Beach in Benzie County! Spreading easily over northwest Michigan's beaches and dunes, baby's breath crowds out native plants and degrades important habitat. We need your help to restore Elberta Beach back to a diverse, healthy landscape! With a deep taproot, removal is hard work but extremely rewarding. Shovels and other tools will be provided but please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands while using shovels. Long pants are recommended as there is some poison ivy on the beach. We will meet at Elberta Beach parking lot. Water and other refreshments will be provided.As an extra thank you to volunteers, each particpant will receive coupons to both Stormcloud Brewing and the Crescent Bakery. There will also be a drawing at the end of each workbee for additional prizes including discounts to The Cabbage Shed and Frank Z, packets of wildflower seeds, ISN tee-shirts, and more! Feel free to join us at one or all of the following dates! Thursday, May 25 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, June 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, June 17 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, July 6 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, July 15 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, August 3 - 9:00am-12:00pm 'Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or ecook@gtcd.org
  9. Baby's Breath Workbee

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    Join ISN and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as we work to remove invasive baby's breath from Elberta Beach in Benzie County! Spreading easily over northwest Michigan's beaches and dunes, baby's breath crowds out native plants and degrades important habitat. We need your help to restore Elberta Beach back to a diverse, healthy landscape! With a deep taproot, removal is hard work but extremely rewarding. Shovels and other tools will be provided but please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands while using shovels. Long pants are recommended as there is some poison ivy on the beach. We will meet at Elberta Beach parking lot. Water and other refreshments will be provided.As an extra thank you to volunteers, each particpant will receive coupons to both Stormcloud Brewing and the Crescent Bakery. There will also be a drawing at the end of each workbee for additional prizes including discounts to The Cabbage Shed and Frank Z, packets of wildflower seeds, ISN tee-shirts, and more! Feel free to join us at one or all of the following dates! Thursday, May 25 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, June 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, June 17 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, July 6 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, July 15 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, August 3 - 9:00am-12:00pm 'Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or ecook@gtcd.org
  10. Baby's Breath Workbee

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    Join ISN and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as we work to remove invasive baby's breath from Elberta Beach in Benzie County! Spreading easily over northwest Michigan's beaches and dunes, baby's breath crowds out native plants and degrades important habitat. We need your help to restore Elberta Beach back to a diverse, healthy landscape! With a deep taproot, removal is hard work but extremely rewarding. Shovels and other tools will be provided but please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands while using shovels. Long pants are recommended as there is some poison ivy on the beach. We will meet at Elberta Beach parking lot. Water and other refreshments will be provided.As an extra thank you to volunteers, each particpant will receive coupons to both Stormcloud Brewing and the Crescent Bakery. There will also be a drawing at the end of each workbee for additional prizes including discounts to The Cabbage Shed and Frank Z, packets of wildflower seeds, ISN tee-shirts, and more! Feel free to join us at one or all of the following dates! Thursday, May 25 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, June 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, June 17 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, July 6 - 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday, July 15 - 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, August 3 - 9:00am-12:00pm 'Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or ecook@gtcd.org
  11. Leelanau County Garlic Mustard Workbee and Lunch

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    Join ISN & local partners to remove invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from Clay Cliffs Natural Area in Leland. Then, stay after for a delicious garlic mustard-themed lunch. This is a workbee for all ages! All volunteers will also receive an ISN tee shirt as a thank you for participating. Dress for the weather, and bring garden gloves if you prefer. We will work rain or shine!RSVPs are recommended to ensure lunch will be available. You can sign up here.When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pmWhere: Meet at the Leland Library to carpool to Clay Cliffs Natural Area. We will return to the library after working to enjoy lunch! Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or email ecook@gtcd.org.
  12. Benzie County Garlic Mustard Workbee and Lunch

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    Join ISN & local partners to remove invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from Tank Hill in Frankfort. Then, stay after for a delicious garlic mustard-themed lunch. This is a workbee for all ages! All volunteers will also receive an ISN tee shirt as a thank you for participating. Dress for the weather, and bring garden gloves if you prefer. We will work rain or shine!RSVPs are recommended to ensure lunch will be available. You can sign up here.When: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pmWhere: Meet at the First Congregational Church in downtown Frankfort. We will carpool to Tank Hill to work and return to the church after for lunch!Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or email ecook@gtcd.org.
  13. Invasive Species Papermaking

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    Did you know that garlic mustard is one of the few plants that retains its green color when used in papermaking? Join the Invasive Species Network (ISN) and Grand Traverse Conservation District to make paper out of this invasive species! Hear a presentation on the alternative uses of invasive plant species and then make your own paper to take home. All materials are provided and there is no cost to participate. RSVPs are highly recommended! You can sign up here. When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pmWhere: Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd., Traverse City, MI 49685Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or ecook@gtcd.org
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    Join ISN & local partners to remove invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from the Natural Education Reserve by the Boardman River Nature Center. Then, stay after for a delicious garlic mustard-themed lunch. This is a workbee for all ages! All volunteers will also receive an ISN tee shirt as a thank you for participating. Dress for the weather, and bring garden gloves if you prefer. We will work rain or shine!RSVPs are recommended to ensure lunch will be available. You can sign up here. When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pmWhere: Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd., Traverse City, MI 49685Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or email ecook@gtcd.org.
  15. Manistee Garlic Mustard Workbee and Lunch

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    Join ISN & local partners to remove invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from Magoon Creek Natural Area. Then, stay after for a delicious garlic mustard-themed lunch. This is a workbee for all ages! All volunteers will also receive an ISN tee shirt as a thank you for participating. Dress for the weather, and bring garden gloves if you prefer. We will work rain or shine!RSVPs are recommended to ensure lunch will be available. You can sign up here. When: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pmWhere: Meet at the Manistee United Methodist Church, next to the Ramsdell Theater. We will carpool to Magoon Creek Natural Area and return to the church for lunch after! Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or email ecook@gtcd.org.
  16. Here's a quick overview of the treatments ISN has found most successful for controlling knotweeds: Milestone (aminopyralid) Faster kill (~3 years), more off-target effects Standard rate (3-7 oz/acre; 0.01%) Using nonionic surfactant (standard rate) Late spring (3-4 ft high) or late summer (at least 60 days before frost) When treating in late summer, it is helpful to do a cut of the plants a month or so in advance ONLY IF safe disposal of the stems is possible At some sites, repeat treatments (spring & summer) may be appropriate, so long as maximum application rates are not reached Not aquatic approved Note: Tree sensitivity issues--some trees will die if their roots mingle with knotweed that is treated with Milestone. Clearcast (imazamox) Acceptable kill (~5 years), fewer off-target effects Cocktail: 5% Clearcast 1-2% Methylated Seed Oil (MSO) Not all MSOs are aquatic-approved!! Check before applying to knotweed in areas with standing water 1-2% glyphosate (aquatic-approved formulation) Best sprayed in late summer/early fall Spraying at least 60 days before the first frost is CRUCIAL--this date will vary by location (for northwest lower MI, it's early August) Aquatic approved (if adjuvants are aquatic-approved) We have applied both of these treatments as either foliar spray or as a "cut stem" application (cutting down stems and filling the stem cavity with herbicide solution), which is a great way to avoid drift and overspray, but is more time-intensive and contains the risk of stem disposal. Questions? Comments? Leave a note!
  17. Just a quick introduction to the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) for anyone looking for information--feel free to post questions! You can also contact me directly at kgrzesiak@gtcd.org or our Outreach Specialist, Emily Cook, at ecook@gtcd.org. First, check out our website: HabitatMatters.org. It's full of great introductory information, including partners, priority species, and the articles from our eNewsletter. If you want to get involved, sign up for our eNews! This comes out monthly with ways to get involved with ISN and our many partners. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty bits of ISN, send me an email about joining our GoogleGroup. If you're looking to get some resources from ISN, check out our list of resources. We'll work to keep it updated!