Invasive Species Network Events

Spring Landscape Planning Workshop
Saturday, March 21 | Boardman River Nature Center | 10am-12pm
**In partnership with the Grand Traverse Conservation District**
Seedling sale presentation, ordering, and seed swap
Seedling and garden experts on hand to answer your questions
Click here to register online and for more information!
Partner Events
Eyes on our Streams Information Session
Thursday, March 5 | 6:00pm - Manistee Conservation District

Benzie Planting Workshop
Wednesday, March 11| 6:30pm - Benzie Conservation District

Leelanau Spring Planting Workshop
Wednesday, March 18 | 6:30pm - Leelanau Conservation District

Film Series: Farming for the Future
Thursday, March 19 | 6:30pm - Grand Traverse Conservation District

Manistee Conservation District Annual Meeting
Friday, March 20 | 6:00pm - Manistee Conservation District

Palmer Woods, 1,000 Acres Project Hike
Wednesday, March 25 | 10:30am - Leelanau Conservancy
Conservation District Seedling Sales are Live
ISN is fortunate to have four active, and passionate conservation districts within our service area. If you reside nearby, take advantage of their seedling sales! This is a great opportunity to buy native trees and shrubs to improve our special northern Michigan habitat.
Not sure which seedlings to choose? Most of the districts are having planting workshops as well. Check out the events above or on our website for more information.
Click a district name below for more sale information.

Play Clean Snow?
Winter is still a time to stop invasive species!

Written by: Katie Grzesiak, ISN Coordinator
Originally published on the Play Clean Go winter blog

In much of North America, winter is a time where we don’t think a lot about plants apart from Christmas trees, especially where there’s snow on the ground. However, it’s a key time for seeds to spread and even see the beginnings of sprouting. A Play Clean Go pledge is just as important in February or March as it is in June!

Winter Wonderland
Winter is a great time to get out and explore—with seasonal leaf-off, it’s easier to get to areas that might otherwise be difficult to access. It’s also a hop skip and a jump to get across frozen lakes and ponds and get a completely different view of the world. Being outdoors is also perfect for combating cabin fever. A hike, snowshoe, or ski through a natural area can boost your spirits and your health!

Hidden Hitchhikers
All that effortless access and reduced foliage means something else too—seeds clinging to stems and pods are that much easier to brush up against while you’re out touring the season. But since our minds aren’t often on weeds, it’s easy to forget to be vigilant. Play close attention to bindings, laces, and soft fabrics; when we wear a lot of slippery, water-resistant fabrics that don’t pick up much, it’s easy to forget about those nooks and crannies that do. If you have a furry friend or other gear, they need cleaning too!

Buried Boot Brushes
If you’re in an area with snow, there’s a good chance that the bootbrush stations you’ve depended on all year are now inaccessible. This means planning ahead—don’t forget to pack your pocket boot brush or throw a scrub brush in the car.