Resources for Land Owners


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Invasive Species

  • Discussion of Invasive Plants – Wildflower Association of MichiganVisit Page
  • Discussion of Invasive Plants – City of Ann Arbor – Visit Page – This page also links to fact sheets on common invasive plants, and a full list of Ann Arbor’s invasive plants.
  • Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) – Visit Page – Report sightings of invasive plants, and read detailed information about invasive species and their impacts.
  • Invasive Plants and Best Control Practices – Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Visit Page

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) – Visit Page – MAEAP is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
  • Alternative Farming Systems Information Center – United States Department of Agriculture  Visit Page – This site allows visitors to access information on multiple topics, including alternative farming methods, ecological pest management, funding sources, education, and research.
  • Michigan State University Organic Farming Exchange – Visit Page – This site offers educational information and resources on certification, agronomic production, soil health, and marketing.
  • Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service Programs – Visit Page – NRCS’s natural resources conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.
  • Michigan Agriculture Facts – Michigan Agriculture Council Visit Page – This page highlights Michigan’s significant agricultural output.

Ecological Consultants

  • Restoring Nature With Fire – Visit Page – David Borneman is a prescribed burn contractor who has conducted burns on private and public lands throughout the Midwest.
  • PlantWise – Visit Page – PlantWise works to create, restore, and interpret native ecosystems and plant communities throughout Mighigan and Ohio. Services include prescribed burns, invasive species control, native landscaping, management plans, and plant and animal inventories.
  • Wildtype Design, Native Plants & Seed – Visit Page View Butterfly plants pdf
  • Native Plant Nursery – Michigan Native Plant Searchable Database – Visit Page – Native Plant Nursery has info on habitat (light, moisture) and characteristics (height, bloom time and color) for many native plants. Search for plants by characteristics, site characteristics, physiography, or name. Most plants on this list are available for sale from Native Plant Nursery.

Technical Service Providers

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – Visit Page – The NRCS is a federal agency offering technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners make improvements to the land they own or lease with information on topics like land use, soil types, and climate change.
  • NRCS Five Steps to AssistanceVisit Page
  • Michigan Conservation Districts – Visit Page – Michigan’s conservation districts are local agencies of Michigan state government that assist landowners with the conservation and management of their natural resources. Services and programs may differ from one conservation district to another. Select your county from the map on this page to link to your local conservation district’s website.

Training and Education

  • Training and Education from The Stewardship Network – Visit Page – The Stewardship Network helps connect, equip, and mobilize individuals, organizations and businesses through community conservation collaboratives. Through regionally-based “clusters”, they offer a wide variety of educational events and workshops, in addition to free, live, monthly webcasts.

Natural Plants and Habitats

  • Native Plant Database – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterVisit Page – This searchable database of native plants across the United States also connects to how-to articles, step-by-step guides, and additional native garden resources.
  • Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI)Visit Page – Look under “data resources” for detailed information on Michigan’s plants and animals, Michigan’s natural communities, maps of historic land use, maps of land use change.
  • Creating Wildlife Habitat – Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Visit Page – The DNR provides a detailed guide to improving your property for wildlife. Links on this page connect you to information about plants and habitats at risk in Michigan, and more.
  • Wildflower Association of Michigan Visit Page Find information on native plants, including benefits of landscaping with native plants, where to buy native plants in Michigan, a list of suggested reading, and more.
  • Pollinator Partnership Visit Page Find information about pollinators, beekeeping and gardening. Free pollinator-friendly planting guides are available by ecoregion.
  • PLANTS Database Visit Page Find general information, images, distribution maps, native plant status and more for plants growing in the United States and Canada.
  • Gardening for Butterflies – Visit Page – MonarchWatch lists native plants which are larval hosts for a variety of butterflies. The plants on this list are food sources for caterpillars, so if caterpillars hatch you will see eaten leaves in your garden.
  • Wildflower Identification by Habitat Type Visit Page – Though the information on this site is specific to Illinois, there is significant crossover with Michigan habitat types and plants.
  • Wildflower Identification by Color – Visit Page – Though the information on this site is specific to Connecticut, there is significant crossover with Michigan habitat types and plants.
  • Landscaping & Water Quality – Visit Page – Find fact sheets which address the water quality benefits native landscaping, porous pavement and more.
  • Michigan Insect IdentificationVisit Page – Use a dichotomous key to identify insects found in Michigan.