Grants available to help fight invasive species

FILE- In this undated file photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, an adult emerald ash borer is shown. Millions of tiny wasps as small as a grain of rice have been released into wooded areas in 23 states as the battle against the emerald ash borer turns biological. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has researched and approved for release in the U.S. four species of parasitic wasps that naturally target the larval and egg stages of the ash borer. (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than two dozen projects will share $3.6 million to help battle invasive species across Michigan.

The state says the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program funding will support promising new developments to fight the pests on land and in the water.

The projects will include the use of new techniques to increase development of beech trees that are resistant to beech bark disease, and grafting selected ash trees that have survived the emerald ash borer and testing them for resistance.

The program is overseen by Michigan’s departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Over five years, more than $18 million has been awarded to support 109 projects.

The funding has allowed surveys of more than 285,000 acres of land and water for invasive species.

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Dr. Scott January 5, 2019 at 3:33 pm

I hope we find something that helps prevent further spread and infestation of the dag gone stink bugs! These little buggers need to go, get out, and stay out!


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