We are here to help with your invasive species!
What is an Invasive Species?
- Non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and
- whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.
Plants, animals, insects and even tiny microbes can be considered invasive.
What Is a CISMA?
CISMA stands for Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Oceana Conservation District is part of an 8 county group call the West Michigan CISMA that works together to help local landowners manage invasive species infestations on their land and waters. We are available to help identify mysterious plants, insects, tree diseases, critters, etc. and can determine if it is or will become invasive. We also have a crew that is available to help manage invasive species on private lands.
Invasive Species treatments...what it entails
Managing invasive species can be a tricky business, depending on the situation. Our CISMA follows Integrated Pest Management Practices, which means that we consider any and all methods of treatment to best manage an infestation, using the most basic method that will get the job done. For example, some plant species can be controlled by simply pulling them during the right time of year, or collecting the seeds, where others are more resilient and may require herbicide treatment.
If you have something on your property that you think is invasive, we may be able to help. Thanks to a DNR grant that our CISMA was awarded in 2015 and 2017, we have some money available to help provide free services to landowners. We prioritize treatments based on the level of infestation in our county. For example, a semi-aquatic plant called Phragmites has been located in a few areas of Oceana county. As it is not yet widely dispersed, we want to focus treatment on that species before it becomes a large problem (like our autumn olive, which is not really a priority). High priority treatments are free to landowners, and other will come at a discounted rate. Our treatment strike team can answer any questions that you may have on this topic.