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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
  • Engaged over 80 volunteers in local invasive species identification and survey events. Go to the MM-CISMA website at 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!

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.

“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!

What’s New With Poo Field Day

Join the Clinton Conservation District and Michigan State University Extension August 18th, 2015 for a four stop bus tour in Clinton and Gratiot Counties. The event, “What’s New With Poo” starts at 8:15am at Providence Agriculture in Carson City, MI. The tour will feature manure processing technologies and conservation practices that help retain manure nutrients in the rootzone for crop utilization. The farm tour is specifically designed for livestock and cash crop farmers who utilize manure in their crop nutrient program. The farms and practices featured on the tour include:

  • Double Eagle Dairy (manure handling and processing): Cutting-edge manure handling technology processes manure into a variety of components including phosphorus, nitrogen, water, and low nutrient solids. The system is designed to reduce the cost associated with manure application, improve manure nutrient utilization and reduce environmental risk.
  • Nobis Dairy (harvestable buffers): 60 acres of harvestable buffers planted with a grass mixture of Orchard grass, Timothy, Perennial Rygrass and Brome grass, annually providing three cuttings of dry hay and protect water quality without taking land out of production.
  • Dutch Meadows Dairy (cover crops in manure system): Unique cover crop rotation of Triticale and Sudan grass, harvested as feed. Cover crop rotation increases the opportunity for manure applications and reduces runoff.
  • Vanderploeg Holsteins­ (manure separation): Technology separates manure components into various secondary uses, including bedding. Tour will include discussion on cow management and health when bedding with manure solids.

Amber Radatz, the co-director of Wisconsin Discovery Farms, will be the event’s lunch time keynote speaker. The bus tour will originate from Providence Agriculture’s Carson City location at 8:15 A.M. For more information and to register visit Registration is $25.00 per person or $40.00 per farm. Fee covers the all-day bus tour, lunch, and program materials. Space is limited and registration is required by August 11th. A copy of the program brochure is available here.