We are pleased to welcome Alyssa Wethington as the new Mid-Michigan CISMA Coordinator. Contact Alyssa at alyssa.wethington@macd.org or 517-676-2290 ext 2 for invasive species information and assistance.


Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

Outreach Booths

Mobile Boat Wash Events

Municipal Invasive Species Trainings

Invasive Species Field Surveys


Invasive Species Presentations

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. The CISMA covers Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties and creates a partnership between the four county conservation districts and over 30 local organizations. 

Our Goal: The Mid-Michigan CISMA seeks to increase the capacity to manage invasive species by providing resources and assistance to partner organizations and citizens to prevent, detect, and control invasive species in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Ionia counties.

The ICD office is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

Upcoming Outreach, Workshop, and Survey Events



Invasive Species Workday

 Friday, October 30th 4 – 6 pm

Ingham Conservation District 

1031 W Dexter Trail

Mason, MI 48854

Help tackle invasive plants on the ICD property! Volunteers will be trained in identification and removal of invasive shrubs and will work alongside ICD and CISMA staff. This is a great opportunity to experience the property in the fall, as it is closed to visitors for hunting until January. Bring work gloves and loppers if you have them. Water and snacks will be provided. 

Please email alyssa.wethington@macd.org to sign up! 





Forestry Invasive Species Prevention Workshops – This event has been postponed


The Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is pleased to be offering FREE Forest Invasive Species Prevention Workshops again this year for both Private Landowners and for Commercial /Municipal entities.


Municipal/Business Invasive Species Prevention Workshop
Tuesday, April 7th
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
East Lansing Library – 950 Abbott Rd


This free workshop will be focused on oak wilt, an invasive disease.
This event is specifically geared towards municipal/governmental and commercial/business entities including city planners and staff from parks and recreation, public works, forestry departments, commercial landscaping companies, arborists, foresters, and similarly interested individuals.


A second workshop will be offered for landowners and anyone looking to learn more about invasive forest pests, how to prevent them, and how to participate in conservation programs to help keep our trees and forests healthy. More information on this event is coming soon.




Municipal Trainings


Thank you to everyone who presented and attended our 2020 Municipal Invasive Species Trainings!


If you would like to see some of the presentations from our 2020 trainings click on the following links: 2020 Municipal Training PowerPoint, How does your municipality prioritize invasive species


If you would like to see copies of the presentations from 2019, here they are: Aquatic plant ID Elgin 2019, Terrestrial ID Higman 2019, ROW Jones 2019, Codes.Regs Sniadecki 2019

Invasive Species Injectors for Rent

The Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has invasive species injectors available for local landowners in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Ionia counties. These injectors are useful for local residents to treat small infestations of invasive Japanese, giant, and Bohemian knotweeds and are best used when knotweed is in bloom- August into September. They can also be used for treating invasive phragmites. Through this injector rental program, the Mid-Michigan CISMA hopes to empower local citizens in invasive species management. Learn more: MMCISMA Injector Press Release July 2019

Invasive species injectors will be available for four-day rental sessions with a refundable deposit. Contact your county conservation district to learn more and reserve your rental dates:

Clinton Conservation District

Eaton Conservation District

Ingham Conservation District

Ionia Conservation District

Know a Japanese knotweed look-alike! Japanese knotweed (left) has shield-shaped leaves with flat leaf bases (where the leaf meets its stem) and will not ever produce berries. Pokeweed (right), a native plant, does not have flat leaf bases and will produce berries into the fall.


Volunteer Opportunities

Field Surveys over the spring and summer months are a great way to learn about invasive plants in our area and how to report them. Plus, you’re helping the environment! At these events, you will be trained by Conservation District staff to recognize black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, and other invasive species, then you can enjoy the outdoors while reporting invasive species to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN). Please email alyssa.wethington@macd.org if you are interested in participating and we can add you to our volunteer emails. 

Become certified as a Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteer! Missed our in-person training? You can train online to be a volunteer inspector for aquatic hitchhikers! Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes and you can help to protect them from invasive species. Through videos, you will learn how to reach boaters, paddlers, and fishermen and women about this issue. Join the fight and train at http://micbcw.org/join-the-fight/. Have an organization interested in volunteering? Our coordinator can train you at one of your organization meetings. 

Volunteer with our CISMA Partners and Collaborators!

Our awesome Mid-Michigan CISMA organizations work to manage invasive species throughout the year. Volunteer to help their efforts!

  • Burchfield County Park – Join Ingham County Parks for invasive species volunteer workdays at Burchfield Park located at 881 Grovenburg Rd. Holt, MI. 
  • City of East Lansing Environmental Stewardship Program – Community members are encouraged to volunteer for one or more of a series of natural area work days. Volunteers will work to remove invasive plant species, such as garlic mustard and buckthorn, from East Lansing parks.
  • Clinton County Parks and Green Space Commission – Visit their website for contact information and subscribe for upcoming event details.
  • Eaton County Parks and Friends of Eaton County Parks – Join these organizations for the improvement, maintenance, and preservation of parks throughout Eaton County.
  • Fenner Nature Center – Join Fenner as a Stewardship volunteer! Duties include eradicating invasive species, trail maintenance, repairing damaged infrastructure, maintaining native plant gardens, and cleaning litter.
  • Meridian Township – Join the township for upcoming events, including: Stewardship Mornings, Arbor Day Tree Planting, Garlic Mustard Pull, and Love-A-Park Day.
  • Michigan Audubon at Capital City Bird Sanctuary at Hawk Valley Farm – Volunteer stewardship workdays are Wednesdays May – October from 9am – 12pm.  Tasks vary by season, but typically range from hand-pulling weeds to hand-sawing invasive shrubs.
  • Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative – Join MMSI in a variety of invasive species initiatives, including invasive buckthorn, garlic mustard, and dame’s rocket control. Visit their website for updated events and volunteer opportunities.
  • Woldumar Nature Center – Join Woldumar for grounds and facilities maintenance, gardening, and naturalists teams, and more.
CISMA Classroom/Meeting Presentations and Conservation Resources

Looking for an invasive species presentation for your classroom, garden club meeting, lake association meeting, etc? We’d also like to share this webpage that promotes backyard conservation activities. Check it out!

Mid-Michigan CISMA Educational Articles and Press Releases

Press releases from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources: HWA Article – DNR – November 2018 – It’s time to check trees for hemlock woolly adelgid

The Mid-Michigan CISMA prepares bi-monthly articles to help spread the word about invasive species and upcoming CISMA events. Check some of them out!

Most Recent: October – Firewood Month 2019

August 2019 – Spot the knotweed!

June_July 2019 – Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose!

May 2019- PlayCleanGo Awareness Week Article

March 2019- CISMA Forest IS Prevention Workshop Article

2019 Municipal Trainings

Mid-Michigan CISMA Article January 2018 – Eyes on the Forest program

Mid-Michigan CISMA Article May 2018 – Mid-Michigan CISMA celebrates two years of partnerships and accomplishments

Mid-Michigan CISMA Article July 2018 – August is Tree Check Month. Look for Asian Longhorned Beetle

CISMA Article November 2018 – Holiday PSA – Beware of using invasive species in your holiday decor!

MM-CISMA Accomplishments Press Release – November 2018 – Some 2018 accomplishments, CISMA services and events  

Does your organization or group want to become a CISMA partner?

The Mid-Michigan CISMA welcomes new partnerships!

Mid-Michigan CISMA partner benefits include:

  • Outreach materials, CISMA booth and invasive species information at events, and presentations to your organization or employees
  • Organization name recognized and linked online, promotion of your volunteer opportunities
  • Can provide input on CISMA trainings and activities
  • Opportunity to serve on Mid-Michigan CISMA Steering Committee
  • Collaboration with other Mid-Michigan organizations interested in invasive species

We ask that partners:

  • Provide partnership information on a short, 1-page partnership document (MOU)
  • Complete and return any grant documents as needed
  • Attend quarterly CISMA partner organization meetings – at minimum in organization’s county
  • Complete bi-annual CISMA assessment (Google Form emailed)
  • Promote CISMA activities and mission

Please contact our Mid-Michigan CISMA Regional Invasive Species Coordinator at 517-676-2290 ext. 2 for additional information.

Mid-Michigan CISMA Meetings and Strategic Plan

Our CISMA partner organizations meet throughout the year to stay up-to-date on our CISMA activities as well as individual organization events. If you have a group interested in becoming a Mid-Michigan CISMA partner organization, we invite you to join us! Email the CISMA coordinator for details.

Read the Mid-Michigan CISMA’s Strategic Plan and Governance Document for 2017-2021:

CISMA Accomplishments

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program October 2019 – March 2020


Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program: March 2018-September 2019

The Mid-Michigan CISMA maintained its core functions and met or exceeded all of its grant deliverables. Through regularly held CISMA Partner and Steering Committee meetings, the CISMA was able to review its strategic plan, create a contingency document, and keep all CISMA activities on track. The CISMA continues its invasive species outreach and education efforts, hosting a variety of events throughout the year. New this grant period were landowner workshops in each county that trained 59 citizens about invasive species, a native plant workshop that trained 15 people, and an outreach and communication workshop that trained 22 people. The CISMA also held its annual municipal invasive species trainings, with 82 people from a variety of local organizations attending. The CISMA reached 2676 people directly with trainings, workshops, presentations, meetings, and informational booths at local events over the last year, and the CISMA’s social media, website, and other passive efforts reached over 150,000 people. Aquatic invasive species events and training were also a priority- the CISMA held 8 events including mobile boat washes and landing blitzes, washing 42 boats and kayaks in total. The CISMA also facilitated 21 new trainees in the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. Mid-Michigan CISMA staff assisted EGLE with sites of watch list species- monitoring and mechanical removal of yellow floating heart in Ingham County that will continue past the project period, and response for a new parrot feather site located in Clinton County that was removed and resolved through communication of the CISMA, EGLE, MDARD, and the landowner. Finally, the Mid-Michigan CISMA purchased PlayCleanGo signage for 106 rest areas across Michigan as well as PCG outreach materials for all CISMAs to use.

Municipal Training Resources

Interested in municipal invasive species trainings? Our CISMA hosts annual trainings in the month of February. Like our Facebook page and check this site for updates!

Two training session were held in St Johns and Mason in 2020. The events trained 83 attendees on topics including invasive species identification, right of way management, an interactive discussion of how municipalities prioritize invasive species management, forestry pests and equipment decontamination. There is interest in including a field component to our 2021 trainings. Thank you to all our presenters and attendees!

Municipal Training – UCF and Invasive pests – 2020

Priority Invasive Species through the Season-Final 2-19-20

How does your municipality prioritize invasive species

2020 Municipal Training PowerPoint

Two training sessions were held in St. Johns and East Lansing in 2019. The events trained 82 people total .Topics for 2019 were based on feedback from previous years and focused on aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, as well as natural shorelines, planning/codes, and right of way management.

If you would like to see copies of the presentations from 2019, here they are: Aquatic plant ID Elgin 2019, Terrestrial ID Higman 2019, ROW Jones 2019, Codes.Regs Sniadecki 2019

Two training sessions were held in East Lansing and Ionia in February 2018. Guest speaker topics included recent CISMA activities, invasive species reporting, invasive species decision-making from Gregory Norwood, Invasive Species Coordinator, DNR Wildlife Division, and concurrent afternoon breakout sessions covered in-field experiences with treatment and management of invasive species from Drew Rayner and Jessica Crawford, West Michigan CISMA, and recent developments with municipal management of Japanese knotweed from Hannah Hudson, Knotweed Specialist, KnowKnotweed.org. MDARD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits were offered. 

2018 PowerPoint file: Municipal Training PPT 2018

Two municipal training events were held in February 2017, one for in-the-field positions in East Lansing hosting Dr. Leslie Kuhn and Jim Hewitt of the Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative and another for invasive species management at a city level in Charlotte hosting Hannah Hudson. MDARD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits were offered. Here are resources and materials shared from those trainings:

Recommended Planting Guidelines for Municipalities – Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

Summary of Some State and Federal Agencies’ Right-of-Way Best Management Practices for Invasive Species Control (assembled by Leslie Kuhn, Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative, 1/27/2016)

You can also visit Hannah’s Japanese knotweed Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kzoobamboocrew

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We post our CISMA events, share info from partner organizations, and highlight invasive species info. “Like” our Facebook page!

Invasive, tree-killing forest pests can lurk in firewood. YOU can protect our Michigan trees. Don’t move firewood- buy it where you’ll burn it. Learn more from Don’t Move Firewood.

October is Firewood Month and a great time to remind us that we can play a part in stopping the spread of invasive species! Don’t move firewood. Gather it on site, where permitted, or buy it where you’ll burn it.


So what are invasive species?

What can we do to help stop their spread?

What are some invasive species we should be on watch for?

These videos are full of helpful information and ID tips!


Three priority species being targeted in the MM-CISMA are black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, and phragmites (invasive).

Click on the pictures below to learn all about these invasive plants!
Best control practices PDFs:

Michigan Citizens’ Guide to Invasive Plant Disposal

List of Some Invasive Species Contractors in Michigan (PDF)

Have you seen these invasive species? Report locations to MISIN at www.misin.msu.edu


Looking for more information about invasive Phragmites? Find research, management, and resources, including lists of contractors, at the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative.

Report invasive species in your area!

Learn more about invasive species, how to identify them, and how to report them via the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) at www.misin.msu.edu.

Register for a free account today to begin your training and reporting. You can even download MISIN’s free smart phone app for convenient, on-the-go invasive species identification and reporting.  

Organizations, Partnerships, and Programs

All conservation districts can serve as your point of contact within your county. You can contact the MM-CISMA Coordinator, Zack Pitman, at zack.pitman@macd.org or call the Ingham Conservation District office at (517) 676-2290 ext 2.  

This project is funded in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (www.michigan.gov/invasives).