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 for the survey of known HWA sites to gage 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. Outreach and education meetings will take place in the counties where HWA is currently present to help the communities better identify, report, and treat HWA. The grant will also provide outreach and education of local high school students in learning 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 identifcation 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
Join us and bring a friend for a program designed to introduce homeowners and land managers to the threats presented by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive forest pest currently detected in Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon and Oceana counties. Learn about the efforts being undertaken to report, survey and control the extent of infestations and how you can help! To learn more about public information sessions please contact Daria at email@example.com or 616-414-2055.
Whitehall, MI – March 1, 2018, Thursday, 6-7pm – Whitehall City Hall, 405 E Colby St, Whitehall, MI 49461 (parking off of Spring St)
Ludington, MI – March 8, 2018, Thursday, 6-7:30pm – Ludington City Hall, 400 S Harrison St, Ludington, MI 49431 (Community Room)
Benona Twp – March 20, 2018 Tuesday, 6-7:30pm – Benona Township Hall, 7169 W Baker Rd, Shelby, MI 49455
West Olive – April 15, 2018 Sunday, 2-5pm – Hemlock Crossing Park, 8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 49460