Who we are
We are ten 8th grade Houghton Middle School students who care about the local area and want to keep new invasive species out of the Keweenaw Peninsula. We chose this project because we live in a small community along Lake Superior with gorgeous wildlife and native plants that are being displaced by invasive species that are taking over our area. Also, many invasive plants are bad for the economy and landowners in that they can damage or lower the value of property, ruin shorelines, and take over large spaces. Learning and educating others about invasive plant species is important because often people don't take notice of invasive species until it's too late and the problem is out-of-hand. There are many types of invasive exotic plants that have spread beyond our control in our area, such as spotted knapweed.... We want to stop some of the newer invasive species before they get out of hand.
Our mission is to educate ourselves and our community about the importance of native plants in the Upper Peninsula. At the same time we hope to raise awareness for newer invasive plant species that have invaded our area. We hope to communicate the harm that invasive plants can cause to local ecosystems and property and inform community members on what to do if they find any of these plant species in our area. If the community is educated, the hope is that we can decrease the amount of newer invasive species in our area before the problem gets beyond our control, as it has with other well-established exotic invasive species.