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Friends of the Rouge

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Invasive Species Control

Collaborative Invasive Species Control within the Rouge and Detroit River AOC’s, Wayne County

Partners:  Multiple partners, Wayne County Dept. of Public Services
Funded by:  A Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from the US EPA in the amount of $653,756 to Wayne County Department of Public Services supports this project to control invasive plants.

Youth employed by the Student Conservation Association spent 6 weeks removing invasive shrubs in Detroit and Redford Twp
A grant funded collaboration between Wayne County, Friends of the Rouge, Friends of the Detroit River and others to establish and begin implementing an effective, efficient and environmentally sound program of integrated pest management for invasive species across the Rouge River and Detroit River Areas of Concern.  Friends of the Rouge is overseeing efforts in the watershed to utilize volunteers through Rouge Rescue, an annual river cleanup and stewardship event, as well as youth in the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to conduct pre-surveys, remove invasive species and conduct post-surveys.  Other partners are using contractors to conduct the work.


Friends of the Rouge staff and volunteers:performed 135 invasive control exercises in total, 52 in 2015 and 83 in the 2016 field season.  This work included monitoring for invasive species in target areas, conducting invasive plant removal projects, photo monitoring, and documenting the work completed.

2016 Highlights:

  • 727 people participated in removing invasive plants throughout the Rouge River system
  • 24 youth employed by the Student Conservation Association worked for 6 weeks in July and August to remove buckthorn from sites in Rouge Park in Detroit and and Bell Creek Park in Redford Twp. in the Rouge watershed. The crew spent two days training and controlling invasive plants at Elizabeth Park in Trenton and the International Wildlife Refuge in Gibralter.
  • 8,180 cubic yards of invasive plants were removed from 18+ acres of land along the Rouge River
  • 2,780 volunteer hours were invested in completing this work!