Michigan

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.

Many non-native species in Michigan, including fruits, vegetables, field crops, livestock and domestic animals, are important to our economy and lifestyle. Most non-native species are not harmful and may provide economic benefits. Invasive species cause harm when they out-compete native species by reproducing and spreading rapidly in areas where they have no natural predators and change the balance of the ecosystems we rely on.



State Contacts

Sarah LeSage

Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator
lesages@michigan.gov
Ph: 517-284-5472

Greg Norwood

Terrestrial Invasive Plants, Mammals, and Birds
norwoodg@michigan.gov
Ph: 517-342-4514

Kevin Walters

Aquatic Invasive Plants
waltersk3@michigan.gov
Ph: 517-284-5473

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Top Reported Species

  • Phragmites (Invasive): 48,299
  • Garlic mustard: 13,561
  • Brown marmorated stink bug: 12,134
  • Japanese knotweed: 8,623
  • Spotted knapweed: 8,162
  • Autumn olive: 7,565
  • Bush honeysuckle: 5,033
  • Purple loosestrife: 3,906
  • European frog-bit: 3,899
  • European swamp thistle: 3,869