The Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (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 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 increases 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, we hope to spread the word, not the species, in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Ionia counties.