MSPOTA is a leave only footprints, signals in the air and full contact logs event.  Due to the invasive species our state is fighting we have a strict FREE STANDING / SELF SUPPORTING ANTENNAS ONLY policy.  Antenna wires and ropes in trees can cause structural damage which leads to the spread of invasive species.  Additionally that rope you use in park number one can carry disease to park number two and so on.  There are a variety of options available such as surplus military support poles for wire antennas,  Alpha Antenna, or Wolf River Coil products which do not require trees to function.  Tree damage is not only a bad idea from nature’s standpoint but it could also result in citations being issued by Park Rangers.
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  • Hemlock woolly adelgid Hemlock woolly adelgid was recently discovered in the western Lower Peninsula. This tiny sap-feeding insect is an invasive forest pest that has killed hundreds of thousands of hemlock trees in several eastern states. Officials are currently conducting surveys to assess the situation, but the presence of HWA and its potential impacts on hemlocks are of major concern. An important way to stop the spread is to use local firewood.
  • Oak Wilt Many state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds and other state-managed land have been impacted by oak wilt. The deadly fungus can kill healthy trees within a matter of weeks. Oak wilt is spread by sap-feeding beetles, which are also known as “picnic beetles.” To help prevent the spread of oak wilt, do not move firewood and do not prune oak trees during the growing season.
  • Use local firewood The DNR reminds visitors to leave firewood at home to prevent the spread of invasive tree insects and diseases. Hauling firewood, even a short distance, from one part of the state to another is a common way for invasive tree insects and diseases to move to new locations, which is devastating to Michigan’s native trees. There are a number of things that visitors can do to help, including using local firewood.Please note that the DNR is looking at a number of options to prevent the spread of invasive tree insects and diseases, including a requirement that all firewood brought into the park must be purchased at the park or from a certified firewood vendor within a few miles of the park.
  • These are but a few of the invaders that Michigan is currently battling. To learn more about the battle click here.