The Cook County Invasives Team (CCIT) has received a grant through the Minnesota DNR’s Lake Superior Coastal Program to complete an invasive species outreach and education campaign in 2015. The grant will fund six free workshops featuring expert guest speakers. Six radio interviews will be aired on WTIP with an accompanying discussion forum on Boreal Access ( Each group of events will focus on a topic relating to a different aspect of invasive species prevention and control. In addition, four newspaper inserts will appear in the Cook County News Herald throughout the summer with details about events and topics.

Links to the radio interviews and information regarding events will be posted on this page and in the events calendar.

Newspaper Inserts:

April-May Issue
June Issue
July Issue
August Issue

Archived Radio Interviews:

April 30th – Aquatic Invasive Species
May 21st – Emerald Ash Borer
June 9th – PlayCleanGo
July 1st – Healthy Shorelines and Aquatic Vegetation
July 20th – Native Plants and Restoration Techniques
August 4th – Invasive Plants and Control Options
August 18th – Gypsy Moth
September 21st – Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring


PlayCleanGo Day

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Volunteer David DeLong helping with PlayCleanGo Day at Cascade River State Park


Healthy Shorelands Workshop and Planting

Preparing and placing brush bundles to repair the eroded bank
Shoreline planting in the Grand Marais campground


Aquatic Plant and Animal Identification Workshop

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Sampling Caribou Lake
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Amanda Weberg helps with identification


Native Plants and Restoration Techniques Workshop

Jeff Stedman (Boreal Natives) answers questions about restoration at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center


Gypsy Moth Workshop

Grand Marais residents and visitors had the opportunity to look for "gypsy moth egg masses" on different surfaces.
Can you spot the gypsy moth egg mass? Workshop attendees had the chance to search for mock-egg masses on a variety of outdoor surfaces.


Monitoring Madness!

Monitoring Madness Event Results – By Amanda Weberg

This project was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management in cooperation with the DNR – Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Cover photo by A. Edgerton