Invasives Greatest Threat to Michigan Tourism

Hydrilla hitches a ride (plants.ifas.ufl.edu)

Hydrilla hitches a ride (plants.ifas.ufl.edu)

     With a $17.7 billion tourism industry in 2011, tourism is big business in Michigan, and a big part of the state's future. Dr. Sara Nichols and the Resources and Environment Implementation Committee worked with tourism industry professionals to develop the 2012-2017 Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan, and their study revealed that aquatic and terrestrial invasive species are the biggest threat to tourism.

     Home to more than 11,000 inland lakes, Zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, Starry Stonewart and hydrilla figure among the troublesome invasives that have spread into the state. Integral parts of the plan, early detection, rapid response and education are recommended to deal with the invasives.