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Invasive Plants in South Oakland County, Educational Event Nov 10

Invasive Plants in South Oakland County, Educational Event Nov 10

(CISMA, Nov. 6, 2020)

Madison Heights, MI- Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (Oakland County CISMA) invites the public to their free webinars in November highlighting new invaders to Oakland County and an invasive fungus that threatens oak trees.

On Tuesday November 10 at 7pm, Erica Clites, Oakland County CISMA director, will discuss new invaders to Oakland County including a recently discovered vine, Chinese yam, and aquatic invasive species including European frog-bit and Red swamp crayfish. Both aquatic species have been discovered in retention ponds in southern Oakland County and have the potential to expand throughout Oakland County’s numerous lakes. The Chinese yam was spotted in Madison Heights.

Clites says “Watch list species are the next invaders to Oakland County. It’s important that we discover and manage them quickly, to prevent their potential devastating impacts on our property values and natural resources. The public can help with this by cleaning their boats and hiking gear between outings and by reporting any suspicious species they observe!”

Another threat to Oakland County is the invasive fungus that causes oak wilt, which can kill red oak trees in as little as six weeks. Julie Stachecki, ISA certified arborist, Past President of ISA Michigan and an oak wilt specialist, will present a 90-minute virtual workshop Wednesday November 18 at 7pm. Funding for this presentation is provided by Springfield Township.

Stachecki says “Oaks are one of the most common and valuable tree species in Michigan. We cannot afford to lose another major tree species after the loss of our ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer.” Stachecki leads oak wilt qualifications for contractors. Homeowners should ask if their tree care companies are oak wilt certified. https://www.michiganoakwilt.org/oak-wilt-qualified-vendor-directory

“The number of oak wilt sites continue to grow each year in Oakland County” said Sarah Cook-Maylen, natural resources coordinator for Oakland County Parks and Recreation. “Monitoring and treating oak wilt remains a high priority to steward the health of our unique oak forests.”

Time will be provided to ask questions of the speakers. The virtual events will be held on Zoom.

Free registration is required for both events. Find full details and registration links at: https://oaklandinvasivespecies.org/news-and-events/

The Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (Oakland County CISMA) is a collaboration of 40+ partners founded in 2014 to support functioning ecosystems and enhance quality of life through invasive species management. Find the  full list of partners here:  https://oaklandinvasivespecies.org/current-members/

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