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Michigan's Most Unwanted: Invasive species and the havoc they wreak

Experts from several state environmental agencies have teamed up to help fight 365 different invasive species that are taking over local habitats. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

Experts from several state environmental agencies have teamed up to help fight 365 different invasive species that are taking over local habitats.

Invasives make it hard for native species to survive, causing a damaging ripple effect on the ecosystem.

NBC25/FOX66 reporter Miranda Parnell caught up with researchers who are working to track down some of these non-native creatures -she brings us more on how you can help.

Hidden in plain sight, invaders are destroying wildlife that's been here for centuries.

Invasive species have made their way to the Great Lakes, infiltrating land and fresh water sources as they out-compete native plants and animals.

“Once it gets into a habitat and gets established. it's very hard to get rid of,” said Tom Alwin of MDEQ.

Honey suckle, garlic mustard, buckthorn, phragmites.

just a few examples of invasive species that have quietly rooted themselves across the state…destroying the native plants around them

“A lot of these invasive species will exude a chemical in the soil and that will keep all the other plants at bay. Whether or not you care about the outdoors, you probably care about the economy. and this is wreaking havoc on our economy,” said Susan Tangora of MDNR.

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