This dynamic group collaborates, combines, and coordinates their resources, knowledge, and experience in order to enhance capacity for: 1) natural areas stewardship through education, and 2) regional invasive species management. The SWCC facilitates field trips, seminars, and workshops provided by regional experts. Varied educational topics range from species identification to conservation planning, equipment use and maintenance to ecological restoration, and are offered throughout the year. The SWCC partners are dedicated to restoring native landscapes and waterways on all scales through invasive species management, native species enhancement, and monitoring, as well as regional invasive species detection, awareness, mapping, and treatment.
The Southwest Corner Cluster covers Berrien, Van Buren, Cass, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Barry, Calhoun and Branch Counties.
Partners Audubon Society of Kalamazoo Calhoun County Wild Ones Edward Lowe Foundation Fort Custer Training Center Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones Kalamazoo County Master Gardeners Kalamazoo Nature Center Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Nature Assocation Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Sarett Nature Center Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy Stewards of Kleinstuck The Nature Conservancy in Michigan Western Michigan University