Status: Invasive species in Northern MI
Tuesday, January 8th 2019, 6:30pm with a potluck at 6:00pm
The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685
Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated
Presented by Emily Cook of the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network
Emily Cook is an Outreach Specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network. She will speak on Status of
Invasive Species in Northern Michigan at the January 8 meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest
Michigan. The meeting will be held at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Refreshments will be served
at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.
Emily Cook received a degree in Natural Resources Management in 2010 from Grand Valley State University. Before that
date and since, she has held positions with The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, and several non-profit
organizations. Her experience ranges from hands-on invasive species treatment to outreach and education for all ages.
Emily joined the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) in June 2015 as their Outreach Specialist. In that
position she coordinates all public and partner events, recruits volunteers, and manages social media and outreach efforts.
Additionally, she spearheads ISN's Go Beyond Beauty program, working with garden professionals in an effort to prevent
the sale of high-priority invasive ornamentals. When not combating invasive plants, she can be found running, mountain
biking, gardening, or painting near her home in Arcadia, Michigan.
“We’re looking forward to having Emily Cook talk with us because of the excellent work the Invasive Species Network
has been doing, and her stellar contribution to that effort,” says Michele Worden, President of the Master Gardener
Association of Northwest Michigan. “Key to the protection of our local areas are public awareness of the invasive species
issues, and help with their eradication.”
The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) furthers the horticulture education activities of
MSU Extension through monthly educational presentations. Meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month
and are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. For certified master gardeners meeting
attendance earns credits toward volunteer and education hours. For more information visit mganm.org