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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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
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:
- 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
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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!
The Mid-Michigan CISMA is also a partner organization of the PlayCleanGo education and outreach campaign. This campaign is also endorsed by the State of Michigan and other U.S. states. Stop invasive species in your tracks. Learn more and sign up your organization at www.playcleango.org!
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 – 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 email@example.com 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)