Invasive Species

Invasive species present an enormous threat to Michigan native diversity - second only to habitat destruction. MNFI is working with partners to provide educational resources for volunteers and professionals to identify, assess and control invasive plant species in our state’s natural communities. Funding for this effort has been provided by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Species Accounts

MNFI has partnered with the Michigan Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) to make the information on each of the species included in its new field guide available online. These species accounts were developed with funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Division.

List of the available species accounts with links to Michigan Invasive Species Information Network

Best Control Practice Guides

MNFI has produced a series of Best Control Practice Guides for a number of invasive species that reflect current control methods in MDNR's Wildlife Division and State Park Stewardship Program. They include information on species impact, key characteristics, similar species, reproduction and dispersal and control methods.

These guides were developed with assistance and funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Division.

List of the available Best Control Practice Guides


A Field Identification Guide to Invasive Plants in Michigan’s Natural Communities A Field Guide to Invasive Plants of Aquatic and Wetland Habitats for Michigan Meeting the Challenge of Invasive Plants: A Framework for Action
DNRE - Wildlife Division’s strategic plan for addressing invasive plants
Field Identification Guide Cover Field Identification Guide Cover Meeting the Challenge of Invasive Plants Cover


In 2009, a collaborative multi-pronged effort to detect and treat invasive phragmites was initiated along Michigan's northern coasts. Early detection and rapid response to non-native phragmites is one of the most proactive and cost effective actions that can be taken to conserve the coastal resources of the region. In collaboration with local partners including townships, Conservation Districts, State Parks, and lake associations, MNFI conducted surveys for phragmites over 500 miles of shoreline; prioritized sites with respect to rare plants, animals and natural communities; conducted workshops and field training for local officials, stakeholders and contractors; coordinated treatment with local stakeholders and DNRE staff; developed resource materials including maps, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, and timing guidelines for herbicide use around rare animals.

The project is supported by MDNR-Wildlife Division, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Project Resources and Additional Information


MNFI staff periodically make public presentations on a variety of topics relating to Invasive species.

List of presentations with links to each

Useful Links