Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

Outreach Booths

Mobile Boat Wash Events

Invasive Species ID Trainings

Invasive Species Field Surveys


Spreading the word, not the species, in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Ionia counties


The Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (MM-CISMA) was established in April 2016 by the Ingham Conservation District through funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. This new CISMA covers Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties and creates a partnership between the four county conservation districts and over 25 local organizations. The MM-CISMA will increase our ability to work together across jurisdictional lines coordinating prevention, early detection and rapid response to invasive species both on land and in our lakes and streams. 

A variety of activities will be held to achieve the MM-CISMA project goals:
  • Development of a Mid-Michigan CISMA Steering Committee, a Strategic Plan and a Working List of Regional Invasive Species and Priority Treatment Areas
  • Training of citizen volunteers, partners and municipal employees
  • Invasive species surveys on high-priority public lands by conservation district staff and volunteers
  • Treatment of invasive species in prioritized areas
  • Mobile boat washes at local boating access sites
  • Public outreach and education activities

Looking for an invasive species presentation for your classroom, garden club meeting, lake association meeting, etc? Let our coordinator know by emailing erin.jarvie@macd.org.

Interested in the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program? You can complete the online leader training and we can help to train your group of volunteers. You can contact our coordinator by emailing erin.jarvie@macd.org.

Become a volunteer! Upcoming opportunities:

Field Surveys over the spring and summer months are a great way to learn about invasive plants in our area and how to report them. Plus, you’re helping the environment!

At these events, you will be trained by Conservation District staff to recognize black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, and other invasive species, then you can enjoy the outdoors while reporting invasive species to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN). Please email erin.jarvie@macd.org if you are interested in participating and we can add you to our volunteer emails. Watch this section for updated survey event details.

Become certified as a Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteer! Missed our in-person training? You can train online to be a volunteer inspector for aquatic hitchhikers! Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes and you can help to protect them from invasive species. Through videos, you will learn how to reach boaters, paddlers, and fishermen and women about this issue. Join the fight and train at http://micbcw.org/join-the-fight/.

Upcoming outreach events:

Come see our Mid-Michigan CISMA display and learn about aquatic invasive species. We will have lots of free materials for boaters, paddlers, and anyone interested in invasive species! We will be at the following events:

Talk terrestrial and aquatic species with us and pick up some free materials at the following events:

  • Lansing Boat Show, Lansing Center, January 5-7, 2018. Stop by our booth to pick up some aquatic invasive species information and materials, and remember to clean, drain, and dry your boating, paddling, and fishing equipment!

Invasive Species Trainings for Municipalities

Two events were held in February 2017, one for in-the-field positions and another for invasive species management at a city level. For municipality plantings and right of way management, here are two resources:

Recommended Planting Guidelines for Municipalities – Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

Summary of Some State and Federal Agencies’ Right-of-Way Best Management Practices for Invasive Species Control (assembled by Leslie Kuhn, Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative, 1/27/2016)

IN-THE-FIELD: We were happy to host almost 50 attendees on February 8th. Eyes in the field are incredibly valuable in the battle against invasive species in our area. In our training, participants learned about invasive species threatening our CISMA- ecologically and economically- and what they can do to help manage them. We thank Dr. Leslie Kuhn and Jim Hewitt of the Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative for sharing their stories of treating invasive species in our area. Resource links can be found below:

PowerPoints (PDF):

Handouts (PDF):

CITY LEVEL: We trained over 25 municipal employees at Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte on February 15th. Invasive species can cause harm to municipalities by damaging landscapes and infrastructure. By making invasive species management activities part of day-to-day operations for municipal departments, municipalities can help minimize the negative impacts of invasive species, saving themselves time and money. At the training, attendees learned about MM-CISMA priority species, the laws associated with them, and what they can do to reduce their impacts. We would like to thank Heather Surface from the City of East Lansing and Hannah Hudson, City of Kalamazoo 2016 Tall Grass and Weed Inspector, for sharing their lessons learned treating and managing invasive Japanese knotweed within East Lansing and Kalamazoo, as well as what’s happening with Japanese knotweed overseas.

PowerPoints (PDF):

Handouts (PDF):

You can also visit Hannah’s Japanese knotweed Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kzoobamboocrew

NOTICE: Oak Wilt is spreading throughout Michigan. “This disease spreads in two ways: 1) Insects carry spores from infected trees to injured or freshly pruned trees; and 2) from infected trees to nearby oaks through connected root systems.” You can help to slow the spread by not pruning your oak from April 15 to July 15. If your oak is injured, seal the area with latex paint as soon as possible. Learn more here: Oak Wilt Notice


Three priority species being targeted in the MM-CISMA are black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, and phragmites (invasive).

Click on the pictures below to learn all about these invasive plants!
Best control practices PDFs:

List of Some Invasive Species Contractors in Michigan (PDF)

Report invasive species in your area!

Learn more about invasive species, how to identify them, and how to report them via the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) under their Species Information page. Register for a free account today to begin your training and reporting. When you report invasive species, you can select the Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area as a project within the database. You can even download MISIN’s free smart phone app for convenient, on-the-go invasive species identification and reporting. Please email erin.jarvie@macd.org if you have any questions.

Reporting of all invasive species helps the MM-CISMA make management decisions.

So what are invasive species, and why are they important to report and manage?

What can we do to help stop their spread?

These videos, produced by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, are full of information and tips!

Keep updated on events and invasive species in Michigan by liking the MM-CISMA Facebook page!

Organizations, Partnerships, and Programs

All conservation districts can serve as your point of contact within your county. You can contact the MM-CISMA Coordinator, Erin Pavloski, at erin.jarvie@macd.org or call the Ingham Conservation District office at (517) 676-2290.

Thank you to everyone that participated in our events! Your time and knowledge are greatly appreciated!

MM-CISMA at Grand Ledge Color Cruise and Island Festival - October 14th-16th, 2016

MM-CISMA at Michigan Audubon's Sandhill Crane and Art Festival - October 8th and 9th, 2016

Display at the Woods n Water event in Ionia County in September 2016

Volunteers in Eaton County preparing to survey Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge - September 17th, 2016

Discussing CIS Trail at Clinton County ID and Field Survey Training - September 12th, 2016

ID/Field Survey at MSU Campus in Ingham County - August 1st, 2016

Landing Blitz at Lake Lansing in Ingham County - July 9th, 2016

Mobile Boat Wash and Landing Blitz event at Park Lake in Clinton County, July 2nd, 2016 (Photo credit: Bath Township Police Department)

Mobile Boat Wash event at Morrison Lake in Ionia County - July 1st, 2016

Municipal Training - February 15th

Municipal Training - February 8th

This project is funded in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development.

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