Eaton Conservation District is pleased to share that Eaton County is now covered by a cooperative invasive species management area (CISMA). The Mid-Michigan CISMA (MM-CISMA) was established in April 2016 by the Ingham Conservation District through funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP), a program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development. This new CISMA covers Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, 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. Currently, the MM-CISMA is prioritizing black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, and invasive phragmites. Through education and outreach, identification and reporting, and treatment of invasive species on public lands, we hope to spread the word, not the species, in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Ionia counties.
YOU can help the MM-CISMA by reporting invasive species in your area! Learn more about these 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.
Learn more about the project and volunteer opportunities at www.inghamconservation.com/mm-cisma and keep updated on MM-CISMA activities and invasive species by liking the MM-CISMA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mmcisma.