The Mid-Michigan CISMA is turning ONE!

The Mid-Michigan CISMA is turning ONE!

What is a CISMA?

CISMA stands for Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. The CISMA has many organizations partner together to educate people, young and old, about invasive species and their effects on our environment. CISMAs also track the spread of invasive species and help facilitate treatment of priorities species and sites.

Where is the Mid-Michigan CISMA located?

The Mid-Michigan CISMA (or MM-CISMA) is comprised of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Ionia counties. The MM-CISMA Coordinator, Erin Jarvie, is based out the Ingham Conservation District office in Mason. Locally, conservation districts in Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties serve as the first source of invasive species information.

What invasive species are we tracking?

 The MM-CISMA prioritizes three species: black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed and non-native phragmites. The MM-CISMA also raises awareness about other state priority invasive species including aquatic and insect invasive species.

What has the MM-CISMA done in just ONE year?

  • Doubled the number of reports to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. View, Learn and Report invasive species at misin.msu.edu
  • Engaged over 80 volunteers in local invasive species identification and survey events. Go to the MM-CISMA website at inghamconservation.com/mm-cisma to learn about upcoming opportunities!
  • Held FOUR Aquatic Invasive Species Events at boat launches to raise awareness about aquatic hitchhikers and regulations regarding cleaning your boat.
  • Trained 58 local municipal employees to identify invasive species and understand the impact invasive species can have on a community.
  • Directly interacted with 4,000 people through outreach events and a further 200,000 people through news articles, social media and advertising.

Want more information?

 

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Erin Jarvie, MM-CISMA Coordinator