LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Visitors to Michigan state parks and recreation areas are beinginvited to help watch for invasive plants.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environmentsays the "Early Detection and Rapid Response" initiative aims toget more help in finding the first outbreaks of unwanted invasiveplants.
This summer, the Japanese knotweed, black swallow-wort andgarlic mustard are being targeted by the program. Invasive plantscan crowd out native species and change the ecology of naturalareas.
Organizers say the program will help speed measures aimed ateliminating invasive plants before they become widely established.
Details of how to report possible sightings are on thewebsites of the state and the Michigan Invasive Species InformationNetwork.
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