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. The CISMA covers Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties and creates a partnership between the four county conservation districts and over 30 local organizations. 

Our Goal: 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.

Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

Outreach Booths

Mobile Boat Wash Events

Municipal Invasive Species Trainings

Invasive Species Field Surveys


Invasive Species Presentations

Upcoming Outreach, Workshop, and Survey Events


Come see our Mid-Michigan CISMA display and learn about invasive species. Talk terrestrial and aquatic species with us and pick up some free materials at the following events:

  • Quiet Water Symposium – March 2nd – Stop by our booth to learn more about aquatic invasive species
  • Lansing Home and Garden Show – March 14th-17th – Stop by to learn about invasive species and what you can do to help
  • Mason Spring Fling – May 4th – 9:00 am-4:30 pm at the Courthouse Square in Mason.
  • Future events will be posted here. Check back often for updates!


Municipal Trainings

The Mid-Michigan CISMA will be hosting Municipal Invasive Species Trainings with a variety of guest speakers presenting on invasive species topics of interest. Both trainings offer 4 MDARD Pesticide Applicator recertification credits for Priv. or Comm. CORE, Category 5, or Category 6. 


See the Feb 25 2019 Municipal Training Agenda – special breakout session on managing invasive species in right-of-ways

Register here for Monday, February 25, 2019 from 10:00 am-2:30 pm at AgroLiquid in St. Johns


See the March 4, 2019 Municipal Training Agenda- special breakout session on development of invasive species codes/regulations

Register here for Monday, March 4, 2019 from 10:00 am-2:30 pm at the E.L. Hannah Community Center in East Lansing

Landowner Workshops

The Mid-Michigan CISMA will be hosting a landowner workshop in each of its counties this Spring. Registration links will be available here soon. 

Eaton County Invasive Species Landowner Workshop – Thursday, May 30th, 6-8 pm at the Eaton Township Hall in Charlotte. 

Forest Invasive Species Prevention Workshops

Landowner Forest Invasive Species Prevention Workshop – Saturday, March 30th from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm at Woodland Acres Bird Preserve, located at 1613 E. Mead Road in St. Johns, MI. The Mid-Michigan CISMA is pleased to host these wonderful guest speakers:

  • Ben Schram of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, speaking on the benefits of the Qualified Forest Program

  • Lindsey Martin of the Clinton Conservation District, speaking on the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Forest, Wetland & Habitat System (MAEAP Phase 1 Event)

  • Jason Darling of Darling Forestry, speaking on forestry invasive species considerations and forest management plans

  • Georgia Peterson of Michigan State University Extension, speaking on identification of some invasive forest pests and the Eyes on the Forest progam, a statewide citizen science monitoring progam for forest invasive species. She will also walk us around the preserve property to show us how to select, enroll, and monitor a sentinel tree for the Michigan Eyes on the Forest program.

Please come prepared with proper shoes and attire to walk the property. This workshop will conclude with lunch (please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you register) and allow time for questions with our guest speakers. 

Municipal/Business Forest Invasive Species Prevention Workshop – Monday, April 8th from 5:15-7:30 pm at the Delta Township District Library, located at 5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing, MI. 

This workshop is geared for municipal/governmental and commercial business staff- city planners, parks and recreation, public works, forestry departments, commercial landscapers, arborists, foresters, and more! 

The Mid-Michigan CISMA is pleased to host Julie Stachecki, President of the Arboriculture Society of Michigan. Julie is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) & Michigan Oak Wilt Qualified. Julie will speak with us about the current status, misconceptions, prevention, and treatment of oak wilt, an invasive disease affecting Michigan oak trees. Oak wilt is an important issue for local communities and we can all play a part in its prevention. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn from her expertise! 

This workshop has applied for MDARD RUP credits (CORE, 2, 3A & 3B) as well as certification credits from the International Society of Arboriculture and will update this page as they are approved. We will also have some light refreshments available. 

Native Plant Restoration Workshop

After the invasion:Restoring with native species workshop – Monday, July 22nd from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Michigan Wildflower Farm, located at 11770 Cutler Road, Portland, MI

You have been working hard on invasive species control. Now what? During this workshop and tour of the Michigan Wildflower Farm, you will be introduced to the benefits of native plants and species that can be used in your restoration project, as well as a review of how to do a wildflower seeding. The Mid-Michigan CISMA would like to thank Michigan Wildflower Farm for providing a tour and sharing their expertise! 
Join the Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and CISMA partner Michigan Wildflower Farm for this free evening workshop. Registration is limited to 25, so please register early! Registration will open on March 1, 2019. If we exceed capacity, you can be placed on a waiting list. 
Please come with proper attire to walk around the farm to see the native plant beds. The rain date for this workshop will be July 23.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Erin Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator for the Mid-Michigan CISMA via email at

Invasive Species Injectors for Rent

EXCITING NEWS! The Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has made invasive species injectors available to local landowners in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Ionia counties. These injectors are useful for local residents to treat small infestations of invasive Japanese, giant, and Bohemian knotweeds and are best used when knotweed is in bloom- August into September. They can also be used for treating invasive phragmites. Through this injector rental program, the Mid-Michigan CISMA hopes to empower local citizens in invasive species management. Learn more through the MMCISMA Injector Press Release.

Invasive species injectors will be available for four-day rental sessions with a refundable deposit. Contact your county conservation district to learn more and reserve your rental dates:

Clinton Conservation District

Eaton Conservation District

Ingham Conservation District

Ionia Conservation District

Know a Japanese knotweed look-alike! Japanese knotweed (left) has shield-shaped leaves with flat leaf bases (where the leaf meets its stem) and will not ever produce berries. Pokeweed (right), a native plant, does not have flat leaf bases and will produce berries into the fall.


Volunteer 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 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 Have an organization interested in volunteering? Our coordinator can train you at one of your organization meetings. Contact 

Volunteer with our CISMA Partners and Collaborators!

Our awesome Mid-Michigan CISMA organizations work to manage invasive species throughout the year. Volunteer to help their efforts!

  • Burchfield County Park – Join Ingham County Parks for invasive species volunteer workdays at Burchfield Park located at 881 Grovenburg Rd. Holt, MI. 
  • City of East Lansing Environmental Stewardship Program – Community members are encouraged to volunteer for one or more of a series of natural area work days. Volunteers will work to remove invasive plant species, such as garlic mustard and buckthorn, from East Lansing parks.
  • Clinton County Parks and Green Space Commission – Visit their website for contact information and subscribe for upcoming event details.
  • Eaton County Parks and Friends of Eaton County Parks – Join these organizations for the improvement, maintenance, and preservation of parks throughout Eaton County.
  • Fenner Nature Center – Join Fenner as a Stewardship volunteer! Duties include eradicating invasive species, trail maintenance, repairing damaged infrastructure, maintaining native plant gardens, and cleaning litter.
  • Meridian Township – Join the township for upcoming events, including: Stewardship Mornings, Arbor Day Tree Planting, Garlic Mustard Pull, and Love-A-Park Day.
  • Michigan Audubon at Capital City Bird Sanctuary at Hawk Valley Farm – Volunteer stewardship workdays are Wednesdays May – October as well as 2nd and 4th Saturdays June – August from 9am – 12pm.  Tasks vary by season, but typically range from hand-pulling weeds to hand-sawing invasive shrubs.
  • Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative – Join MMSI in a variety of invasive species initiatives, including invasive buckthorn, garlic mustard, and dame’s rocket control. Visit their website for updated events and volunteer opportunities.
  • Woldumar Nature Center – Join Woldumar for grounds and facilities maintenance, gardening, and naturalists teams, and more.
CISMA Classroom/Meeting Presentations and Conservation Resources

Looking for an invasive species presentation for your classroom, garden club meeting, lake association meeting, etc? Let our coordinator know by emailing

We’d also like to share this webpage that promotes backyard conservation activities. Check it out!

Mid-Michigan CISMA Educational Articles and Press Releases

Press releases from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources: HWA Article – DNR – November 2018 – It’s time to check trees for hemlock woolly adelgid

The Mid-Michigan CISMA prepares bi-monthly articles to help spread the word about invasive species and upcoming CISMA events. Check some of them out!

Most Recent: 2019 Municipal Trainings

Mid-Michigan CISMA Article January 2018 – Eyes on the Forest program

Mid-Michigan CISMA Article May 2018 – Mid-Michigan CISMA celebrates two years of partnerships and accomplishments

Mid-Michigan CISMA Article July 2018 – August is Tree Check Month. Look for Asian Longhorned Beetle

CISMA Article November 2018 – Holiday PSA – Beware of using invasive species in your holiday decor!

MM-CISMA Accomplishments Press Release – November 2018 – Some 2018 accomplishments, CISMA services and events  

Does your organization or group want to become a CISMA partner?

The Mid-Michigan CISMA welcomes new partnerships!

Mid-Michigan CISMA partner benefits include:

  • Outreach materials, CISMA booth and invasive species information at events, and presentations to your organization or employees
  • Organization name recognized and linked online, promotion of your volunteer opportunities
  • Can provide input on CISMA trainings and activities
  • Opportunity to serve on Mid-Michigan CISMA Steering Committee
  • Collaboration with other Mid-Michigan organizations interested in invasive species

We ask that partners:

  • Provide partnership information on a short, 1-page partnership document (MOU)
  • Complete and return any grant documents as needed
  • Attend quarterly CISMA partner organization meetings – at minimum in organization’s county
  • Complete bi-annual CISMA assessment (Google Form emailed)
  • Promote CISMA activities and mission

Please contact our Mid-Michigan CISMA Regional Invasive Species Coordinator, Erin Pavloski, at or 517-676-2290 ext. 2 for additional information.

Mid-Michigan CISMA Meetings and Strategic Plan

Our CISMA partner organizations meet throughout the year to stay up-to-date on our CISMA activities as well as individual organization events. If you have a group interested in becoming a Mid-Michigan CISMA partner organization, we invite you to join us!

  • September 11, 2018 – 9:00 am, Ingham County
    • Ingham Conservation District Education Building, north side of 1031 W. Dexter Trail, Mason, MI 48854
  • January 8, 2019 – 9:00 am, Eaton County
    • TBA

Read the Mid-Michigan CISMA’s Strategic Plan and Governance Document for 2017-2021:

2017 and 2018 Municipal Training Resources

Interested in municipal invasive species trainings? Our CISMA plans to host them annually in the month of February. Like our Facebook page and check this site for updates!

Two training sessions were held in East Lansing and Ionia in February 2018. Building on trainings from 2017, guest speaker topics in 2018 included recent CISMA activities, invasive species reporting, invasive species decision-making from Gregory Norwood, Invasive Species Coordinator, DNR Wildlife Division, and concurrent afternoon breakout sessions covered in-field experiences with treatment and management of invasive species from Drew Rayner and Jessica Crawford, West Michigan CISMA, and recent developments with municipal management of Japanese knotweed from Hannah Hudson, Knotweed Specialist, MDARD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits were offered. Read the Municipal Trainings 2018 Press Release and view the Municipal trainings flyer 2018

2018 PowerPoint file: Municipal Training PPT 2018

Two municipal training events were held in February 2017, one for in-the-field positions in East Lansing hosting Dr. Leslie Kuhn and Jim Hewitt of the Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative and another for invasive species management at a city level in Charlotte hosting Hannah Hudson. MDARD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits were offered. Here are resources and materials shared from those trainings:

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)

You can also visit Hannah’s Japanese knotweed Facebook page:

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We post our CISMA events, share info from partner organizations, and highlight invasive species info. “Like” our Facebook page!

Invasive, tree-killing forest pests can lurk in firewood. YOU can protect our Michigan trees. Don’t move firewood- buy it where you’ll burn it. Learn more from Don’t Move Firewood.

So what are invasive species?

What can we do to help stop their spread?

What are some invasive species we should be on watch for?

These videos are full of helpful information and ID tips!


It’s time to check trees for HWA! 

Late fall through early spring is the best time to check hemlock trees for the presence of hemlock woolly adelgid. Look on the undersides of branches for evidence of round, white ovisacs near the base of the needles.

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:

Michigan Citizens’ Guide to Invasive Plant Disposal

List of Some Invasive Species Contractors in Michigan (PDF)

Other invasive species targeted include:


Looking for more information about invasive Phragmites? Find research, management, and resources, including lists of contractors, at the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative.

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) at

Register for a free account today to begin your training and reporting. You can even download MISIN’s free smart phone app for convenient, on-the-go invasive species identification and reporting. Please email if you have any questions using MISIN to report invasive species.

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 or call the Ingham Conservation District office at (517) 676-2290.  

This project is funded in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (