In 2017, stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) was documented for the first time in Michigan. The dedicated efforts of local and state stewardship agencies, along with private landowners, brought this infestation under control, containing it within a small neighborhood. But in June 2018, a much larger infestation of stiltgrass was discovered just a few miles away, covering over 35 acres across 60 private and public properties. The stewardship community organized into the Stiltgrass Working Group to pool their resources and treat it– but despite their best efforts, that acreage increased again this year. What do you do in the face of such an overwhelming escalation? Learn how the Stiltgrass Working Group is continuing their multipartner collaboration, the challenges they faced managing an annual invasive on both public and private property, and some of the lessons they learned from this year’s effort.
Collaborative Management of a New Invasive Species: Managing Stiltgrass in Southeast Michigan
Stiltgrass Working Group