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Chase is currently inventorying Tribal properties for invasive species.
July 26,2017. SCIT will be partnering with the Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) for a European frog-bit pull and are requesting volunteers.
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Chase spent the summer of 2017 inventorying Tribal properties for invasive species. To date he has surveyed and inventoried approximately 3485 acres of Tribal land for invasive species.
The invasive species he found on Tribal properties are as follows: black locust, Norway maples, autumn olive, Bell’s honeysuckle, Morrow’s honeysuckle, common buckthorn, glossy buckthorn, Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, privet, Dame’s rocket, narrow leaved cat-tail, purple loosestrife, Eurasian phragmites, reed canarygrass, spotted knapweed, bull thistle, Canada thistle, yellow sweet clover, white sweet clover, and European frogbit.
Phragmites and European frogbit have been identified as being two of the biggest threats to our native plants on Tribal lands. Chase with the help of the wildlife biologist, Derrick Brasington, chemically treated phragmites on Tribal lands in both Isabella and Arenac counties in October. Chase will be following that up with mechanical treatment this winter.
For the last two years the planning department has been partnered with Bay County as part of a MDNR GLRI Invasive Species Grant to treat Phragmites along the Saginaw Bay. The results of that have been 50 acres of phragmites on Tribal properties in Saganing were chemically treated in the fall of 2016 as well as 2017. Mechanical treatment will be taking place this winter at those sites.
This summer the planning department and our Saginaw Bay CISMA partners conducted two frogbit pulls at Eagle Bay Marina and pulled over 1500 pounds of frogbit from the bay.