The Great Lakes Restoriation Initiative provided a $600,000 grant to survey and control the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) along the lakeshore and inland streams of Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana and Mason Counties. This project will improve forest health in four West Michigan counties by surveying and controlling the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a non-native Invasive pest that has degraded forest ecosystems throughout the Northeastern forests from Maine to Michigan. Recently discovered in West Michigan, WMSRDC will work with the West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Mangament Area (WM CISMA) the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as public and private landowners to slow the spread of this invasive pest.
This grant will provide funding for the survey of known HWA sites to evaluate the extent of the infestation. It will also provide a survey of existing Hemlock stands to detect the presence or absence of HWA in new areas. Once the extent of the infestation is known, treatment can begin, to slow the spread into neighboring areas. The grant will also provide outreach and education of local high school students, teaching them how to identify hemlock trees and the presence of HWA. This grant will run through April 2019 with the possibility of an extension of treatment measures if possible and needed.
Visit the HWA website to learn more about identification and reporting of HWA in West Michigan. www.SaveMIHemlocks.org
If you suspect you have HWA on the hemlock trees on your property and would like to have them surveyed please complete the fill out the following online form. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/surveyhwa
For more information please contact Drew Rayner, West Michigan CISMA Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 616-402-9608.