Regional efforts find unique ways to combat invasive species

The Daily News –

From the northern lakes and forests to the coastal dunes and southern plains, Michigan is home to diverse landscapes and ecosystems.

Natural resource challenges can differ by region, and this is true especially when it comes to managing invasive species — those that are not native and can cause harm to the economy, environment or human health.

To address the diversity of needs across the state, the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program annually supports Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. CISMAs, as they commonly are called, are groups of nonprofit and government agencies, businesses and volunteers working together to identify and respond to invasive plants, animals and diseases that affect high-value resources in their areas.

“These community-driven organizations are the heart of Michigan’s invasive species program,” said Tammy Newcomb, senior water policy advisor with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “While the DNR and the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy provide the framework, CISMAs provide the local action and leadership to make things happen in our communities.”   

CISMAs can offer a range of services including information on preventing, identifying, reporting and managing invasive species. A map of CISMA regions and contact information for local offices is available at under the “Local Resources” tab.

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