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Natural Features in Coastal Areas

Pitcher's thistle

Federally listed species in Michigan’s Coastal Zone

  • Piping plover (Endangered)
  • Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Endangered)
  • Houghton’s goldenrod (Threatened)
  • Michigan monkey-flower (Endangered)
  • Pitcher’s thistle (Threatened)
  • Lakeside daisy (Endangered)
  • Dwarf-lake iris (Threatened)

Value of Coastal Areas

With over 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, Michigan is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of invasive species such as non-native phragmites. Its coastal beaches, dunes and diverse wetlands are exceptionally rich, harboring seven federally listed species, along with 15 distinctive community types and forty state endangered, threatened, and special concern species. (see a list of these species)

These coastal communities are critically important to migratory birds, near shore fish spawning and rearing, waterfowl hunting, and sport fishing. Early detection and rapid response of non-native phragmites in Michigan’s coastal zone now is one of the most proactive and cost effective actions that can be taken to conserve the coastal resources of the region.

Prioritizing Areas of Non-native Phragmites for Treatment

Click here to download a PDF of the draft booklet “Phragmites — and the rare plants, animals and natural communities along Michigan’s northern coasts”

When prioritizing areas for treatment, consider protecting high quality natural communities and those areas with threatened and endangered species before areas that do not have the same ecological significance.

Work first in areas with minimal invasion then treat areas that are moderately invaded and finally threat those areas with extensive invasion.

Develop a Treatment Plan

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