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Beaver Island’s Pam Grassmick and her efforts to fend off phragmites on the island have become a model cited by Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in developing an invasive species proactivity guide. A recent Capitol News Service report tells the story of Pam’s work, backed by the BIA, and its impact on state policy. “After I saw Pam and her team on Beaver Island bring down 30 acres of Phragmites to two acres in their first year, I was inspired to do similar work,” says Phyllis Higman, a senior conservation scientist with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory in a quote in the CNS report. “The work these folks are doing is so extraordinary and proactive.”

The full CNS report is here. The proactivity guide based on Pam’s example is here: https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/reports/MNFI-Report-2019-20.pdf.