The impact of exotic invasive species on our forests in the U.S. is staggering. Effects of these unwanted invaders can affect human and ecosystem health, forest products, property values and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Thanks to startup funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, a team from Michigan State University is launching a statewide effort to help residents learn about the risks and impacts of invasive forest pests. The “Eyes on the Forest” program links research, outreach and communication activities through MSU’s Department of Entomology and MSU Extension.

The Eyes on the Forest program is targeting three major potential invaders that pose serious threats to Michigan trees and forests.

Get Involved / Explore

Begin by exploring what coalition partners have to offer in your area. Use the map to select a CISMA currently working in your area.

Jackson, Lenawee and Washtenaw CISMA Southern Michigan Invasive Species Team SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Barry, Calhoun & Kalamazoo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (BCK CISMA) Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Detroit River & Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area West Michigan Conservation Network North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network CAKE Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Northeast Michigan CWMA Three Shores CISMA Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) Lake to Lake CISMA Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA) Western Upper Peninsula Invasives Coalition (WePIC)

Alerts / Emerging Issues

Asian Long-Horned Beetle

Asian long-horned beetles feed on several species of hardwood trees. It’s favorite host is maple. Additional preferred hosts include elm, willow, buckeye, horse chestnut and birch. Suspect beetle can be killed and preserved in regular rubbing alcohol in a liquid-proof container, or even in a container placed in a freezer. If you collect a specimen contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

Job Postings

Check out the Community News forum page for listings of seasonal invasive species jobs with CISMAs across the state.

Latest News

The Michigan Invasive Species Coalition (MISC) recently held their annual CISMA Summer Field Trip on July 25-26 in the Saginaw Bay Region. CISMA coordinators from across the state gathered at Nayanquing Point and Quanicassee to visit invasive species sites highlighting phragmites, European frog-bit and flowering rush. It was also a great opportunity for these coordinators to meet with State of Michigan staff.

Upcoming Events

MISC / CISMA Conference call

2018 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention

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