Michigan adds Beech leaf disease to invasive species list
LANSING, Mich. – Beech leaf disease has been added to Michigan’s invasive species watch list and state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for trees infested with the damaging disease. Beech leaf disease is associated with a microscopic worm that enters and spends the winter in leaf buds. It causes damage to leaf tissue on American beech and European and Asian beech species resulting in darkened, thick tissue bands between leaf veins, creating a striped effect on the leaves, leaf distortion and bud mortality. Michigan is home to about 32 million American beech trees. “Many questions about beech leaf disease remain unanswered,” said Simeon Wright, a DNR forest health specialist.
Bodies of invasive spotted lanternfly found in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – Dead spotted lanternfly insects were found in Michigan in recent weeks, according to The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). MDARD is asking freight carriers, warehouse workers and delivery drivers to be on the lookout for the spotted lanternfly. Officials said there is no evidence of an established population of the spotted lanternfly in Michigan. The spotted lanternfly sucks sap from host plants and secrets large amounts of a sugar-rich, sticky liquid called honeydew. People involved in transporting and handling goods or freight should become familiar with identifying spotted lanternfly adults and egg masses.
Invasive mile-a-minute weed found at Albion College’s Whitehouse Nature Center in Calhoun County
CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. – An invasive mile-a-minute weed (Persicaria perfoliata) has been found at Albion College’s Whitehouse Nature Center in Calhoun County, officials said. What is mile-a-minute weed? Mile-a-minute weed is an annual vine that can grow up to 6 inches per day, or 25 feet in 6 to 8 weeks. Mile-a-minute weed infestations have been reported in 15 states across the United States. While mine-a-minute weed can be removed by hand, seeds can persist in the soil for up to six years.
New website helps identify woody invasive plants in Michigan
A new website can help you identify potentially invasive plants in your backyard in Michigan. Across the eight Great Lakes states and Ontario, 28 woody plant species are regulated as invasive by at least one jurisdiction. Multiflora rose, black locust, Tatarian honeysuckle and glossy buckthorn are just some of the woody invasive species found in Michigan. Now these plants pose a serious threat to natural areas in the Great Lakes region, outcompeting native plants and damaging wildlife habitat. The Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative is one of several regional invasive species initiatives supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Digging into the mysterious packets of seeds deliveries
DETROIT Mysterious seeds from China have been arriving in mailboxes around the country. According to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural development, the seeds have shown up in 30 States so far, including Michigan. Local 4s Paula Tutmans brother, Fred Tutman, has received numerous deliveries of the mysterious seeds. Those little baggies of seeds could be a Pandoras box of problems and could create creating strongholds of invasive plant species and invasive insect species. Reach out to MDARD if you have received unsolicited seeds in the mail.
Spotted lanternfly could be next invasive species in Michigan: What to know
DETROIT Michigan could soon have a new addition to its invasive species list: spotted lanternfly. To date, spotted lanternfly has not been detected in Michigan, but it has been detected spreading across the nation, including in Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. Related: Michigan adds invasive marbled crayfish to prohibited species listAdult spotted lanternflies are identifiable by their bright body and wing colors. Spotted lanternfly could negatively impact our grape industry, said Robert Miller, invasive species prevention and response specialist for MDARD. Related: 11 invasive species to watch out for in Michigan
Michigan agency: Moving firewood can spread invasive species
LANSING, Mich. State officials are reminding Michigan residents as the summer camping season begins not to transport or move firewood because doing so can spread invasive species to other locations. Michigans Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says new infestations of invasive pests or diseases pose a serious threat to the states agriculture, forests and the environment. Invasive species can hide in or on firewood. Officials said that infestations of invasive species or diseases can destroy forests, lower property values and be costly to control. READ: DNR: Camping in Michigan state parks, recreation areas will resume June 22