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Cook County Invasive Species Team


What is the Cook County Invasive Team? Land managers in Cook County have been working together informally on invasive species problems for several years but in the spring of 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by local, state, federal, tribal, and non-profit organizations to officially form the Cook County Invasive Team (CCIT). This creates a framework for continued cooperation between member organizations and allows long-term invasive species strategies to be carried out across ecological, rather than political, boundaries. Through the CCIT, local, state, federal, tribal, and non-profit organizations can share resources, expenses, knowledge, contacts, and education to limit the impact of non-native species in north-eastern Minnesota.


Welcome to our new Invasive Species Coordinator, Laurel Wilson!

Laurel has strong experience with non-native invasive plant management that will be a great asset to CCIT. She has worked for the Forest Service, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Illinois DNR managing invasives. She received her Master's in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University, so is familiar with all of the invasives that are currently in northeast Minnesota as well as the ones that are likely to be problems here in the future.



Invasive Team

Laurel Wilson
Invasive Species Coordinator
USFS Gunflint Ranger Station
2020 West Hwy. 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-3772

Dave Betts
Cook County Agriculture Inspector
609 East 4th Avenue
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Jack Greenlee
Plant Ecologist
Superior National Forest
Laurentian Ranger District
318 Forestry Rd.
Aurora, MN 55705
(218) 229-8817