Treatment for invasives at township hall

Outdoor Discovery Center tackling poison hemlock, part of larger program.
Will Hofmann, conservation technician with the Outdoor Discovery Center Network, sprays for poison hemlock around the edges of the township hall park, 4338 Beeline Road, on Friday, April 5.

Armed with sprayers and wearing rubber boots and gloves, workers from the Outdoor Discovery Center continued treatment for an invasive species at the township hall park, 4338 Beeline Road, on Friday morning, April 5.

Tanner Brickman, conservation services director, and Will Hofmann, conservation technician, treated poison hemlock around the edges of the township hall park. The Outdoor Discovery Center started treatments last year.

The spray will not harm pets or people.

Poison hemlock was brought to the United States in the 1800s as an ornamental garden plant, according to Michigan State University Extension office. Touching the plants is not hazardous though all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested by people, livestock and wildlife, the website said.

Because the poison hemlock is so close to the township baseball field, its treatment is a top priority. Recreation leagues and residents use the field.

Tanner Brickman, conservation services director with the Outdoor Discovery Center Network, treats for poison hemlock around the edges of the township hall park, 4338 Beeline Road, on Friday, April 5.

The 11.45-acre township hall park is also home to two pickleball courts and picnic gazebo with paved paths. The township hall is also on the property.

Laketown Township contracts with the Outdoor Discovery Center Network for management of invasive species throughout the year.

The 2024 invasive species management plan includes:

  • Laketown Township Office, 4338 Beeline Road: Poison hemlock, phragmites, Asian bittersweet, common teasel and purple loosestrife and autumn olive control.
  • Wolters Woods Park, 6281 147th Ave.: Asian bittersweet, honeysuckle, autumn olive and glossy buckthorn control.
  • Huyser Farm Park, 4188 64th St.: Japanese knotweed, Asian bittersweet and autumn olive control.
  • Laketown Beach, 6710 142nd Ave.: Asian bittersweet control.
  • Shore Acres/Felt Estate, 6597 138th Ave.: Japanese knotweed control.
  • Sanctuary Woods Park, 4750 66th St.: Asian bittersweet control.
  • Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave.: Asian bittersweet control.
Will Hofmann, conservation technician with the Outdoor Discovery Center Network, sprays for poison hemlock around the edges of the township hall park, 4338 Beeline Road, on Friday, April 5.