Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

The Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) was established in December 2014 by 19 partners. Today the partnership consists of over 40 members of local governments, county government, non-profit organizations, and universities. We are focused on managing the spread of eight state-priority invasive species including: invasive Phragmites, black and pale swallow-worts, Japanese knotweed, European frogbit, flowering rush, red swamp crayfish and New Zealand mud snails. Members also have extensive experience managing other common invasive plants such as buckthorn, garlic mustard, oriental bittersweet and purple loosestrife. You can find our 2019 meeting dates here.

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 human health. In Oakland County, invasive species reduce property values, damage infrastructure, create public safety hazards and degrade natural areas.

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.

Learn to manage priority invasives

Download a homeowner’s guide to small-scale management of:

Learn about disposal of invasive species:


October 12: 9am - noon: Cultivate Novi talk about woody invasive species

Volunteer opportunities

Help stop the next aquatic invader! Survey for European frogbit in ponds near the city of Novi. Contact us to learn more!

Interested in learning to identify invasive species and using ArcGIS online to map them? Surveys will take place from May - October at locations throughout Oakland County. Find out more from our flyer.

PAST Events

Spring Invasive Species Summit 2019

Thanks to all who attended our free public open house to learn about invasive species in Oakland County! Please share the presentations and information presented at the Summit with your friends and neighbors! Watch video of the entire event here!

Thanks to workshop leaders Emily DuThinh (North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy) and Jared Aslakson (PlantWise) for their presentations on invasive species ID and treatment as well as native plant gardening.

See our 2019 flyer for event details, press release, or our Facebook event page.


In 2017, our Strategic Invasive Species Management Plan for Oakland County was finalized. Read the Executive Summary here.

Interested in joining the CISMA? Members must be governmental units (townships, cities, villages, county), non-profit organizations or universities. Read our brochure.

Having issues with invasives in your backyard? Learn to do small-scale control of invasive Phragmites, swallow-wort and Japanese knotweed. Contact the CISMA to learn more about other invasives and how to control them.

Follow us on Facebook to learn more about invasive species and events in your area!



Website highlights state-funded invasive species efforts (Detroit News, September 2019)

1 minute interview with Erica Clites, Director, Oakland County CISMA (Spinal Column, August 2019)

Special committee raises awareness about invasive species (West Bloomfield Beacon, July 2019)

Invasive species alert: European frog-bit detected in Novi, MI water bodies (Press release, May 2019)

Invasive plants attack home values (Birmingham Bloomfield Eagle, Farmington Press, Madison Park News, Royal Oak Review, Shelby Utica News, Southfield Sun, Sterling Heights Sentry, Troy Times, West Bloomfield Beacon; March 2019)

Learn about invasive species at the Spring Invasive Species Summit! (Press release, February 2019)

Six Rivers Land Conservancy receives two grants to fund invasive species control (Rochester Media, January 2019)

State money will help Oakland County fight invasive plant species (Oakland Press, December 2018)

Learn how to protect your oak trees from invasive oak wilt (Press release, November 2018)

Communities join together to combat invasive species choking Oakland County wetlands (Oakland Press, September 2018)

Don't be fooled by invasive species (Channel 4 Live in the D, September 2018)

Oakland County communities band together to battle invasive Phragmites plant species (WDIV Channel 4, September 2018)


Field Identification Guide to Invasive Plants in Michigan’s Natural Communities

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) training modules

Report invasive species online or through the MISIN app

Waste Management guide to invasive disposal

Phragmites removal increases property values (Isely et al. 2017)


Contact Oakland County CISMA Coordinator Erica Clites by phone (248-660-0716) or email (eclites@sixriversrlc.org). Contact Oakland County CISMA Technician Emily Messick by phone (248-660-0240) or email (emessick@sixriversrlc.org). Our main office is located at the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Administrative offices, 2800 Watkins Lake Road Waterford, MI 48328.


The Oakland County CISMA is funded by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (https://www.michigan.gov/invasives) as well as by its members and the Road Commission for Oakland County.