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Grant will help promote efforts against invasive species in Livingston County

The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is providing $3.6 million to 31 projects across the state, including in Livingston County, to prevent, detect, eradicate and control water-based and land-based invasive species.

The program’s key objectives are preventing the introduction of new invasive species, strengthening the statewide invasive species early detection and response network, limiting the spread of recently confirmed invasive species and managing and controlling widespread, established invasive species, according to the state.

The state Legislature in 2014 designated $5 million in annual funding to address invasive species. To date, more than $29 million has been awarded to support 202 projects, the state said.

Among the grants is $60,000 for the Genesee Conservation District, which includes Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston and Shiawassee counties. It will be used for “outreach, education, special events, technical support, and surveying…to increase awareness, gather partners, optimize outreach, and improve overall function.”


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