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?

 

LIKE the MM-CISMA’s Facebook page or contact the MM-CISMA Coordinator!

www.facebook.com/mmcisma

Erin Jarvie, MM-CISMA Coordinator

Natural Resource Assessment

It is our philosophy that decisions on conservation issues should be made at the local level by local people…and we want to hear from you! Every five years the Clinton Conservation District seeks input from county residents on the natural resource concerns within Clinton County. This survey helps the Conservation District prioritize efforts and direct resources toward the most important natural resource needs of the County. We have developed a simple, short survey that will allow you to tell us what is important to you. Surveys can be completed online by clicking here or you can download a copy that can be filled out and faxed, mailed, emailed, or dropped off at the Conservation District office. We would also be happy to send you a paper survey upon request. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. Please complete surveys by April 30, 2017.

Annual Meeting & Banquet March 21st

We are pleased to announce our 63rd Annual Meeting and Banquet.  Please join us for dinner, presentations from staff on last year’s accomplishments and announcement of the 2017 Conservationist of the Year.

In addition, Dr. Deb McCullough, an entomologist and professor at Michigan State University, will be the keynote speaker for the evening. She will talk about the impacts from invasive species like Emerald Ash Borer and our newest forest threat, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, on Michigan’s forests and the timber industry.

The annual meeting will take place Tuesday March 21st from 5:30-8pm at AgroLiquid Fertilizers, 3055 W. M-21 St. Johns, Michigan 48879. This family friendly event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by Friday, March 17th so we know how many places to set. Call 989-224-3720 x5, email, or contact us through Facebook to tell us how many are coming.

We hope to see you there!

Annual Meeting Flyer 2017

Cover Your ASSets this February!

The Clinton Conservation District and Michigan State University Extension are excited to announce an upcoming workshop opportunity geared to local producers. The sessions will provide tools needed for best management of soil, water and nutrients on and off the farm.

Sessions to include:

Drainage Water Management – keep those valuable nutrients on the field!  

Dr Ghane, a newly appointed drainage water management specialist with Michigan State University, will provide information on how to manage drainage water, tools available for control and the benefits managing tile water has for you and your soil!

Cover Crops – an important tool in your arsenal.

Have you ever wondered what kind of cover crop mix is best for your production? Are cover crops even suitable for your farm?  Extension educator Paul Gross will explain how cover crops can enhance your soil, feed livestock and keep you on top of the soil instead of in it next fall.

Conservation Programs – What can we do for you?

MAEAP, NRCS and the Conservation District all have programs that benefit you and your farm, learn how these programs and technical assistance can help you manage your risks.  This program will provide MAEAP Phase I credit.

Plus, James DeDecker will provide an update on a local project looking at farm management practices!

Programming will take place on Thursday, February 23rd at the Clinton County RESA building in St Johns. Registration will begin promptly at 8:30am.  We hope you’ll join us for this free event culminating in lunch provided by Litwiller Catering! Register HERE

Contact the Clinton Conservation District at 989-224-3720 ext. 5 or kelcie.sweeney@macd.org with questions or to register.  Remember to LIKE the Clinton Conservation District on Facebook for the latest news!DSCN0659MAEAP color final logo COLOR with slogan

“What’s New With Poo” Manure Bus Tour was a Success!

On August 18th, 2015 more than 165 farmers came from across Michigan to attend the “What’s New with Poo” field day held at Providence Agriculture in Carson City. The field day included bus tours of four dairy farms in Clinton and Gratiot Counties. Presentations were given by expert researchers and farmers utilizing innovative manure management practices and technologies that enhance farm operations and protect water quality. The tour featured farms utilizing manure separation and treatment, harvestable buffers, and a unique rotation of cover crops. The bus tour also included presentations by regional experts on mortality management, MAEAP, energy conservation, and winter application of manure. Lunch included a presentation about on-farm water quality research efforts underway in Wisconsin by Amber Radatz, co-director of the University of Wisconsin’s Discovery Farms Program. This field day was the first event put on by Michigan Innovations in Agriculture, a renewed partnership between the Clinton Conservation District and Michigan State University Extension aimed at promoting innovative and environmentally sound agricultural practices and technologies. The event was sponsored by the Clinton Conservation District, Michigan State University Extension, Clinton and Gratiot Farm Bureau offices, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, AIS Construction Equipment, and Providence Agriculture. Stay tuned for more events from Michigan Innovations in Agriculture!