SW x SW Corner CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area)
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Michigan Invasive Species Grant for the SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). This project covers Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties and the primary focus of our project will be mapping & surveying invasive species populations, education, and developing a strategic plan.
· Phragmites: a tall, perennial wetland grass with distinctive, fluffy seedheads
· Japanese knotweed: A fast growing perennial with hollow, bamboo-like stems forming dense, leafy thickets
· Flowering rush: grows 1-4′ along shores & shallows. Hard to identify when not flowering (blooms June – Aug.)
· European Frogbit: a floating perennial plant that can form thick mats
· Chinese Yam: slender vines that spiral counterclockwise with pointed, heart-shaped leaves
· Asian long-horned beetle: larvae feed on the wood of many tree species including maple, poplar, willow, sycamore, and horse chestnut, eventually killing the tree.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Eleanor Serocki, SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Coordinator, 269-657-4030 x5 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was funded in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development