Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
The Lake St. Clair (LSC) Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) was established in 2015. Today the partnership consists of over 20 partners of local governments, county government, non-profit organizations, and universities. The LSC CISMA operates within Macomb and St. Clair Counties. We are focused on managing the spread of five priority invasive species including: invasive Phragmites, black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, European frogbit, and flowering rush. The LSC CISMA also acts as a clearinghouse for all invasive species information, including identification, best management practices, and information on how to reduce to spread of invasive species.
Invasive species are organisms that are not native, and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan’s economy, environment, wildlife, and/ or human health. Economic impacts of invasive species include reduced property values, degradation of infrastructure, public safety hazards and loss of land use. Environmental impacts of invasive species include loss of biodiversity, loss of habitat, and alter nutrient cycles.
Six Rivers Land Conservancy became the fiduciary for the Oakland County and Lake St. Clair CISMAs in 2018. Six Rivers sees managing invasive species as a key component of stewardship, which is a core part of their mission.
Join the cisma!
Interested in becoming a partner of the CISMA? Partnerships are open to governmental units (townships, cities, villages, county, etc), non-for-profit organizations, volunteers, or universities.
Interested in becoming more involved with CISMA volunteer work? Contact your local CISMA Coordinator for more details and stewardship activities (CISMA@macombgov.org).
Having issues with invasive plants? Learn how to do small-scale control of invasive Phragmites, black swallow-wort and Japanese knotweed here or contact the CISMA to learn more about other invasive species and how you can take control.
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Interested in learning to identify invasive species and using ArcGIS online to map them? Surveys will take place from May - October at locations throughout Macomb and St. Clair Counties. Contact McKenzi Waliczek at CISMA@macombgov.org or 586-469-2304 for more information.
STW Invasive Species (Shelby TV, 2019)
From dirty word to popular placemaker: Reclaiming the Clinton River (Metromode, 2019)
How the Lake St. Clair Region is Addressing Invasive Species (Make Macomb Your Home, 2019)
Grant Money to Aid in Battle Against Invasive Species (C and G Newspapers, 2019)
Invasive Reed Poses Challenge to Habitat Project (Times Herald, 2018)
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) Training Modules
SEMCOG Spotlight on Invasive Species: Phragmites Video
Lake St. Clair CISMA Coordinator: McKenzi Waliczek
The Lake St. Clair CISMA is funded by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (www.michigan.gov/invasives).
invasive New zealand mud snails event
Thursday April 4th, 5-6:30 p.m., Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045).
Join us for a free public event to learn about an approaching invasive species to Michigan. The event features guest speakers from the Oakland University Aquatic Ecology Lab. Guest speakers include Emily Bovee and Kennedy Phillips. No registration is required, we look forward to seeing you there!
Municipal invasive species seminar
Thursday, April 11th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Columbus County Park (1670 Bauman Rd, Columbus, MI 48063)
Join us to earn two MDARD re-certification credits by furthering your education on invasive species management. This event is not open to the public due to the advanced set of topics covered.
stewardship workday - Garlic mustard removal
Saturday May 11th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm., Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center (4101 River Bends Dr, Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48317)
Become a land steward! Join us this season to better connect with nature and the work CISMA does to preserve it. The Lake St. Clair CISMA hosts Stewardship Workshops where volunteers remove, assess and inventory invasive plant species. Each workshop includes an educational component like plant identification and impacts, vegetation mapping, guided nature walks, and more. Together we can help reduce the impacts of invasive species, learn more about our natural communities, and enjoy a rewarding outdoor experience!
Please register for workshops by emailing CISMA@macombgov.org with volunteer name(s) and workday of interest.
LSC Invasive Species Mapping workshop
Saturday June 15th, 1-4:00 p.m., Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045).
Want to become an early detection responder? Join us for a free public workshop where you will learn how to identify, map, and report invasive species. The event features a guest speaker from the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN), Claire Peterson. No registration is required.
Mobile boat wash event
Get your watercraft washed for FREE at Brandenburg Park in Chesterfield on Saturday, June 22nd for a free boat wash event. Michigan State University Extension’s team will be on site with their mobile boat power washer to help remove any pesky invasive species from your watercraft and trailer. Invasive species are often transported through accidental human actions. Help us stop the spread of invasive species and come get your boats washed for free! No registration is required.
River bends Invasive Species mapping workshop
Wednesday, June 26th, 9:00am - 2:00pm., Burgess Shadbush Nature Center.
Prevention efforts are our first line of defense when it comes to stopping the spread of invasive species, though even the best prevention efforts cannot stop the spread of all invasives. That is why Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is crucial. As our secondary defense, EDRR helps us to find localized infestations before they become well-established and widespread.
Join us this season to better connect with nature and the work CISMA does to preserve it. This Lake St. Clair CISMA MISIN Mapping Workshop we teach you how to identify priority invasive species, map their populations, and report infestations. Together we can reduce the impacts of invasive species, learn more about our natural communities, and enjoy a rewarding outdoor experience!
Mobile boat wash event
Get your watercraft washed for FREE at the St. Clair Boat Harbor at 902 S 2nd St. in St. Clair on Thursday, July 11 for a free boat wash event. Michigan State University Extension’s team will be on site with their mobile boat power washer to help remove any pesky invasive species from your watercraft, equipment and/or trailer. Help us stop the spread of invasive species! No registration is required.
Clean boats, clean waters - Mobile boat wash event
Get your watercraft washed for FREE at Lake St. Clair Metropark (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045) on Wednesday, July 17 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for a free boat wash event. Michigan State University Extension’s team will be on site with their mobile boat power washer to help remove any pesky invasive species from your watercraft and trailer. The CISMA and Clinton River Watershed Council will be on-site to provide information about how you can help keep our waters clean and healthy. Invasive species are often transported indirectly while we are outdoors recreating in areas we know and love. Help us stop the spread of invasive species and come get your boats washed for free! No registration is required.
Invasive red swamp crayfish presentation
Tuesday July 23, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045).
Ouch! Don’t let this invasive crayfish pinch it’s way into our waters. Learn more about the invading red swamp crayfish from the leading field expert, Kelley Smith at our FREE event.
Oak wilt presentation
Tuesday July 30, 2:00pm - 4:00 p.m. Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center (4430 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316).
Don’t accidentally be an accomplice to the fall of the mighty oak. Invasive Oak wilt is a fungus that can kill a mature red oak tree within weeks of infection. Come learn how to prevent oak wilt from attacking your trees, how to identify symptoms of oak wilt, how to report an infection, treatments, and more!