Identify and Learn to Manage Invasive Plants on Your Property

Invasive plant species are changing the ecology of our beloved, globally unique freshwater dunes and bluffs along Lake Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) will hold two workshops on Saturday, August 3, to help property owners identify and strategically manage the latest plant invaders in southwest Michigan.

As part of a large-scale effort to improve the ecological health and quality of the Lake Michigan shoreline, SWMLC has been involved in a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation “Sustain Our Great Lakes” project which aims to document and control invasive plant species in the coastal region. Over the past two years, SWMLC staff have surveyed over 75 miles of shoreline and 3,000 acres of protected land within the coastal region. Though eradication efforts have begun on public lands, most occurrences begin on private property. Come learn more and help spread the word.

The morning workshop will be held at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area in South Haven from 10-11:30 a.m. and is co-sponsored by the South Haven Garden Club.

The afternoon workshop will be held at Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor from 2-4 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Sarett Nature Center. Please note: although the program at Sarett is free, there will be a $3.00 admission fee into Sarett Nature Center.

Registration is required. Call the SWMLC office at (269) 324-1600.

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