Western Peninsiula Invasives Coalition (WePIC)

Formerly known as the Western Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area.

If anyone would like to be on our steering committee, please contact Mike Zukowski at the Iron Baraga Conservation District.

Our Cooperative Weed and Management Area (CWMA) covers 2.6 million acres, and includes over 700 lakes, and 150 public boat access points.  We cover all Gogebic County, Iron County, Ontonagon County, and the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan.  Ownerships are federal townships, county, and private.

We are fortunate that our local ecosystem is still mostly free of invasive species, and our goal is to control what is already here, and to prevent further spread into our area. By cooperating together, we can share resources and expertise across ownership and political boundaries to more efficiently manage invasive species.

Almost all of our lakes are still healthy and diverse, but are under increasing threat from newly-arrived aquatic invasive species. Eurasian watermilfoil is documented in 18 lakes, and curly leaf pondweed and zebra mussels are each documented in one lake.

For more information contact:

Mike Zukowski, WePIC Coordinator
Iron Baraga Conservation District
2 S. 6th Street #15
Crystal Falls, MI 49920
Phone: (906) 875-3765
Email: ironconservationdistrict@gmail.com

WePIC Memorandum of Understanding

WePIC Strategic Plan

Participating Agreement (USFS & Iron Baraga Counservation District, 2017 to 2022).

Participating Agreement (USFS & Iron County Conservation District, 2011 to 2016).  Modification #1 (2013).  Modification #2 (2014).  Modification #3 (2015).  2016 Report.

Mission Statement


WePIC map

Meeting Notes

WePIC Accomplishments: 2005 to 2012.

Aquatic Invasive Species Lake Work

Aquatic Invasive Map

Invasive Plant Map

Clean Boats Clean Waters pamphlet (2015)

Upper Peninsula CWMAs

Owning Waterfront Property: A Checklist

Eurasian watermilfoil

WePIC Photos (Flickr)

Invasive species educational materials 

Is your lake susceptible to zebra mussels?

AIS Smart Prevention.  Online mapping tool for lake suitability for zebra mussel, rusty crayfish, round goby, and rainbow smelt.

Slowing the Lake to Lake Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species by Recreational Boaters

Invasive Plants in Ontonagon County (Daily Globe 8/22/2012).

Fines for launching a boat with aquatic plant attached

On September 15, 2009, Govenor Granholm signed House Bill 4199 (Act No. 91 of 2009).  This new law allows up to a $100 fine for placing a boat, boating equipment, or boat trailer in Michigan waters if an aquatic plant is attached.  The law also gives law enforcement officers authority to order removal of aquatic plants from boats, boating equipment, and boat trailers.

House Bill 4199

Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Act 451 of 1994), Part 413, Transgenic and Nonnative Organisms.  This includes new invasive species rules from 2005 and 2009.

Key Contacts

Forest Planner

Marlanea French-Pombier

Fire Management Officer

Jon Agner

Forest Hydrologist

Mark Fedora

Fisheries Biologist

Holly Jennings

Soil Scientist

Amy Amman

Botanist Program Coordinator

Sue Trull

Botanist - Noxious Weed Coordinator

Ian Shackleford

Forest Timber Sale Contracting Officer

Darren Buckentin