OWOSSO TWP. — The Shiawassee Conservation District recently welcomed Chris Worst as its new invasive species and forestry technician.

Worst recently graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He has an interest in plants, wildlife, forestry, and the invasive species that threaten Michigan’s ecosystem.

While obtaining his forestry degree at Michigan State, Worst worked for several entomology labs with a focus on monitoring for native and non-native pests in both forest and agricultural settings. Previously, he worked as an editor and reporter for a group of newspapers in Branch and Hillsdale counties.

There are many invasive species that threaten Shiawassee County.

Fighting invasive species is important for ensuring future generations can enjoy the natural beauty and resources of Shiawassee County, the SCD said in a press release.

Anyone who wants help identifying invasive species; dealing with an invasive species infestation; help with improving woodlots or managing it to fight invasive species; information about resources available to help manage a woodlot or fight invasive species; or anything else relating to forestry or invasive species can reach him by calling the Shiawassee Conservation District at (989) 723-8263, ext. 3.

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