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Invasive Species Grant Opportunity - And More! Michigan DNR sent this bulletin at 05/03/2016 10:02 AM EDT invasive species banner Michigan Invasive Species State announces Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program funding opportunities for 2016 Invasive Species Grant Handbook CoverFunding proposals for 2016 are now being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program – a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development – is part of a statewide initiative launched in 2014 to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan. Potential applicants can now find the 2016 Grants Handbook and register for the May 12 informational webinar on the grant program online at www.michigan.gov/invasivespecies. Pre-proposals will be accepted through June 15 and requested full proposals are due by September 15, 2016. Read the full announcement for the 2016 Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. DNR advises caution to prevent spread of oak wilt disease To prevent oak wilt from spreading to healthy trees, don’t prune or wound oaks between April 15 and July 15. The spread of oak wilt occurs during this time of year as beetles move spores from fungal fruiting structures on the trees killed last year by oak wilt to wounds on healthy oaks. As warmer weather melts away snow and ice, the beetles that move oak wilt become active. Learn more about preventing the spread of oak wilt. Are you registered for the AIS Landing Blitz? There’s still time to sign up to be a part of this summer’s Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz from July 1 – 10, 2016. To find out more about this opportunity to reach boaters and anglers at your local boating access site, visit the AIS Landing Blitz webpage. Are invasive plants threatening your lake? New video shows how joining the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch can help Invasive aquatic plants can be bad news for your lake, as high densities of these unwanted species can negatively affect fish populations and reduce recreational opportunities. Michigan DEQ and MiCorps staff teamed up to create this short video which introduces and describes the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch (EAPW) and demonstrates how lake volunteers can identify, monitor, and map four aquatic invasive plant species. Early detection, with the help of the EAPW, can lead to a rapid response which is critical to preventing or managing invasions in your lake. You can view this video and other short, informational videos that demonstrate how to complete some of the other MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program water quality parameters at https://micorps.net/lake-monitoring/lake-training/. (Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to view the new EAPW video.) Questions or comments related to the video may be directed to Dr. Jo Latimore (MSU/MiCorps staff) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provides resources for USDA grants and funding information for invasive species, updated annually. usdagrants2016.pdf