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 CISMA covers Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties and creates a partnership between the four county conservation districts and over 30 local organizations. The Mid-Michigan CISMA seeks to increase the capacity to manage invasive species by providing resources and assistance to partner organizations and citizens to prevent, detect, and control invasive species in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Ionia counties.
Municipal Invasive Species Training Details and Resources
Invasive Species Trainings for Municipalities- February 2018!
Workers at all levels within a municipality will learn about how they can play a role in stopping the spread of invasives and what they can do to manage them. Building on trainings from 2017, guest speaker topics in 2018 will include recent CISMA activities, invasive species reporting, Michigan Watch List invasive species from Gregory Norwood, Invasive Species Coordinator, DNR Wildlife Division, and concurrent afternoon breakout sessions will cover in-field experiences with treatment and management of invasive species from Drew Rayner, Coordinator, West Michigan CISMA, and recent developments with municipal management of Japanese knotweed from Hannah Hudson, Knotweed Specialist, KnowKnotweed.org. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants and MDARD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits will be offered: 4 credits for either Category 6 or Common CORE.
These FREE trainings will be held in East Lansing and Ionia in February 2018. This will be the same training session held at two different locations and dates, so please register for what works best for you. We hope to see you in February!
- Tuesday, February 6th, East Lansing, MI- Hannah Community Center, 10 am-2 pm REGISTER HERE
- Tuesday, February 13th, Ionia, MI – Ionia Intermediate School District, 10 am-2 pm REGISTER HERE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating and we can add you to our volunteer emails. Watch this section for updated details on our 2018 Invasive Species Survey Series.
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/. Have an organization interested in volunteering? Our coordinator can train you at one of your organization meetings. Contact email@example.com.
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:
- 2018 Great Lakes Trade Exposition/Michigan Nursery & Landscape Associations, Lansing Center, January 23-24, 2018. Stop by and learn about invasive species, CISMAs, and the Reduce Invasive Pet and PLant Escapes (RIPPLE) program!
- Quiet Water Symposium, MSU Pavilion, 9:00 am-5:30 pm, March 3, 2018. Stop by and learn about aquatic invasive species and what you can do to help reduce their spread!
- Lansing Home and Garden Show, MSU Pavilion, March 15-18, 2018. Learn about the Mid-Michigan CISMA and its resources to help you manage invasive species on your property.
Mid-Michigan CISMA Strategic Plan
Read the Mid-Michigan CISMA’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2021: Mid-Michigan CISMA Strategic Plan Final
Looking for an invasive species presentation?
Looking for an invasive species presentation for your classroom, garden club meeting, lake association meeting, etc? Let our coordinator know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Municipal Training Resources
Two municipal training events were held in February 2017, one for in-the-field positions and another for invasive species management at a city level. Here are resources and materials shared from those trainings:
Recommended Planting Guidelines for Municipalities – Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network
- Municipal Training PPT- In the Field
- LK MMCISMA Municipal JK Control Feb 8 2017
- LK MMCISMA Phragmites Control Permits Certification Feb 2017
- Invasive Species Decontamination Guidelines
- Reporting to MISIN and Priority Species
- Calibrating Sprayer Output to Calculate Herbicide Dilution
- Japanese Knotweed Herbicide Options
- MidMichigan Stewardship Wetland Herbicide Dilution for JK and Phragmites
- Municipal Training PPT- City Level
- Mid Michigan CISMA Knotweed
You can also visit Hannah’s Japanese knotweed Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kzoobamboocrew
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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:
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 email@example.com 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!
- Mid-Michigan CISMA Partner and Collaborating Organizations
- Helpful Organizations, Partnerships, and Programs
- Invasive Species Materials and Literature
MM-CISMA partners and collaborators include:
- Clinton Conservation District
- Eaton Conservation District
- Ionia Conservation District
- Michigan Lakes and Stream Associations, Inc. Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program
- Michigan State University Landscape Services
- The Stewardship Network
- The Mid Michigan Cluster of The Stewardship Network
- Ingham County Land Bank
- Michigan Audubon
- Ingham County Road Department
- Ingham County Parks
- Eaton County Parks
- Clinton County Parks and Green Space Commission
- Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds
- Clinton County Drain Commissioner’s Office
- Ingham County Drain Commissioner’s Office
- Ionia County Drain Commissioner’s Office
- Tri County Regional Planning Commission
- Wild Ones, Red Cedar Chapter
- Michigan Wildflower Farm
- Sleepy Hollow State Park
- Friends of Park Lake
- City of East Lansing
- MSUE Michigan Natural Features Inventory
- MSU Vets to Ag Program
- Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
- Meridian Township
- Bath Township
- Fenner Nature Center
- Friends of Eaton County Parks
Thank you all for your collaboration!
Organizations, Partnerships, and Programs
- Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program – Learn about our funding source
- Midwest Invasive Species Information Network – Train to ID invasives and get involved in reporting them in your area!
- Michigan Eyes on the Forest & Forest Sentinel Tree Network – Citizen science! Keep an eye on some of your local trees for forest pests
- Backyard Bark Beetles program – Citizen science for the protection of our forests. Participants help to advance the understanding of bark and ambrosia beetles, which will help to protect forests and the species that depend on them. This project has been designed as an easy and fun activity to teach kids and adults about these amazing and important creatures.
- Michigan Invasive Species Website – Learn all about MI invasive species
- Michigan Invasive Species Coalition Network List of MI CISMAs – Find your CISMA if you aren’t in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham or Ionia counties
- Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership – Live on an inland lake? Get involved in this collaboration to advance lake stewardship across the state
- Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program and Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch – Citizen science! Get involved in surveying for invasive species and collecting water quality data at your lake
- Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership – All the resources for you to implement a natural, native shoreline for a healthier shoreline environment
- Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative – Learn about phragmites management, restoration, and research happening in our region
- Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework- PAMF – Send your phragmites treatment data and get advice on treatments.
- Play Clean Go: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks Campaign – The Mid-Michigan CISMA is a partner of the Play Clean Go campaign. Sign up your organization as a partner to share education and outreach materials.
- Don’t Move Firewood – Learn more about what you can do to stop the spread of forest pests.
- RIPPLE: Reduce Invasive Pet and PLant Escapes – What you and your local pet shops and nurseries can do to spread the word about how to properly dispose of unwanted aquatic pets and plants
- Ingham Conservation District
- Clinton Conservation District
- Eaton Conservation District
- Ionia Conservation District
All conservation districts can serve as your point of contact within your county. You can contact the MM-CISMA Coordinator, Erin Pavloski, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Ingham Conservation District office at (517) 676-2290.
Invasive Species Materials and Literature
- A Field Identification Guide to Invasive Plants in Michigan’s Natural Communities (PDF)
- A Michigan Boater’s Guide to Selected Invasive Aquatic Plants (PDF)
- Why Should I Care About Invasive Plants? (PDF)
- Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest (PDF; Available as smartphone app too!)
- A Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites: Third Edition (PDF)
- Native vs. Non-native Phragmites Fact Sheet (PDF)
- A Field Guide for the Biological Control of Weeds in Eastern North America (PDF)