Assessing vegetation control for federally listed species: piping plovers, Pitcher's thistle, and Houghton's goldenrod

This is a new Technical Assistance task being developed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and cooperating partners. This information will be updated as the project proposal is developed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in collaboration with Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) propose vegetation control efforts to restore beach and dune habitat within Wilderness State Park (WSP). During the last ~20 years, Waugoshance Point within WSP has seen colonization by several invasive plant species, including spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa), sweet-clover (Melilotus spp.), and most recently, phragmites (Phragmites australis). Due to reduced lake elevation and associated reductions in winter beach scour, native species have become established extensively. These native and non-native species, in combination with substrate stabilization have led to degraded habit [see Narratives for more information.]

Principal Investigator(s):

Mark H Sherfy

Jennifer H Stucker

Project Status:

In Progress

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