by Melissa DeSimone, MLSA Executive Director
Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) coordinators from all corners of both peninsulas gathered together this week in Gaylord, Michigan. While the snow fell outside, coordinators, steering committee members, and officials spent two days working together to better serve the state of Michigan’s invasive species needs.
The daily work completed by the CISMAs to help educate people about invasives and to control species in their areas is all funded by grant money. The coordinators shared their plans for the most effective projects and the best grant programs to tackle the high priority species in their areas. CISMAs survey and treat for invasive species, assist landowners in treatment with cost sharing programs and equipment rental, and educate the public in their areas about invasive species spreading through their area and how they can stop transmission.
Each CISMA operates in a way that is unique to the area, so contact your local coordinator to see what is going on in your county. You may be able to get involved with your CISMA by joining the steering committee or utilizing their educational programs, click on the link below for more detailed contact information.