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A Field Guide to Invasive Plants of Aquatic and Wetland Habitats for Michigan
The book was written about the Michigan area but manyÂ of the plants described can be found on the east coast and some are inÂ Lake Truesdale and the surrounding areas.
Below is the book summary from the inside pages:
This booklet was developed to help managers of wetlands andÂ aquatic resources identify invasive plant species that may pose aÂ threat to their management goals. Detecting these plants duringÂ the early phase of their invasion is essential to achieving cost effective removal or control. The species in this field guide are includedÂ for at least one of the following reasons:
â€¢site managers in Michigan report them as a significant problem;
â€¢there is research literature documenting their adverse impactsÂ on native plant and animal communities within the Great LakesÂ region;
â€¢they are included in multiple listings of invasive plants and areÂ readily available commercially as aquarium or water gardenÂ plants;
â€¢they are listed as restricted or prohibited under Michiganâ€™sÂ Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 ofÂ 1994, Section 324.41301.
Inclusion in this guide does NOT imply legal status as a prohibitedÂ or restricted species under Michigan law. Only a few of the includedÂ species are prohibited or restricted by law and in these cases restrictions are noted. Also, this field guide does not rank individual speciesÂ by their level of threatâ€”determining the â€œinvasivenessâ€ ofÂ eachÂ species is a complex process still ongoing for Michigan at the timeÂ of publication.
Several of the plants in this guide are readily available in the horticulture or aquaculture trade and this guide makes no recommendations as to their sale, planting, or presence where they may poseÂ little threat. Not all species are equally invasive and in some casesÂ cultivars may not share the invasive traits of their parent species.Â However, some species, once thought to be benign, are now serious problems in Michigan.