Grant program battles invasive species locally

Grant money will be available in the near future for local service providers involved in the never-ending battle against invasive species, including the Asian carp and sea lamprey.

The funding will be made available through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, a statewide initiative overseen by the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, Agriculture and Rural Development. The program has been around since 2014.

An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan’s economy, environment or human health.

“Michigan’s world-class natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities — and the local economies they help support — are under threat from a growing variety of invasive species in our woods and water,” DNR Director Keith Creagh said in a press release distributed statewide. “The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is a valuable resource that allows us to team up with community partners across the state to find new and better ways of preventing and containing these damaging land and water invaders.”

The program provides modest amounts of money, cash that can be used as matching funds to obtain larger sums from other programs or as seed money to get a program up and running. For 2017, state officials anticipate about $3.6 million will be available.

Check out the DNR website for additional information. The state is also putting on a live webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. May 23 where prospective applicants can become familiar with the grant process and this year’s focus areas. Register for the webinar at

Mining Journal (Marquette)