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  2. Hi all, Has anyone asked their CISMA members/partners for monetary contributions to help support events and other activities the CISMA puts on that fall outside of grant funding? We are piloting this now so I'd be curious to hear any success or push-back with that kind of member funding. Best, Erica Clites
  3. Sarah LeSage

    Inland lake early detection monitoring

    Planning is underway for the 2019 field season. Similar to previous years, the DEQ Water Resources Division staff will conduct ~15-20 inland lake surveys for AIS. Please share feedback with Billy Keiper by February 15th. keiperw@michigan.gov
  4. A couple people asked for access to the AIS update powerpoint from the December MISC meeting, specifically looking for the links to RIPPLE materials. The entire ppt is posted here and the RIPPLE links are pasted below. Contact Jo Latimore for more information on RIPPLE. •Website with videos, graphics, and outreach plan: bit.ly/miripple •Connect with RIPPLE on social media: facebook.com/miripple •Order free materials online (free S&H): bit.ly/getmiripple •Articles regarding organisms in trade available for reprint at www.canr.msu.edu/outreach [search for RIPPLE] MISC AIS 2018.pptx
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    Spring Is Coming

    Amid gray days and long nights, the season is hidden in plain sight. View the full article
  7. Katie Grzesiak

    Treatment Discussion Handouts

    Thanks to John & Shaun for the information! Here are a few more notes I took during our session: Let police know what the crew is up to (especially if they're doing driving surveys that might elicit calls!) Name badges/shirts/hats can also help ID your crew as professionals Be clear with your crew about your CISMA's expectations (herbicide use, professionalism, etc.) Be sure to have decontamination kits both for the truck and each person Be sure to have water for washing--one huge reservoir or several jugs (planned use inspections & pesticide business checklists from MDARD, above) Herbicide manufacturers and contractors can be good resources for what herbicides to use Importance of communicating with the public during activities (signs, well-trained crew) Some questions about permitting can be directed to https://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3681_3710---,00.html And a possible future action item: Discussion of WM CISMA's treatment table--maybe a subcommittee?
  8. MSU Extension invites you to join us in learning about lake ecology, protection, and management during our 6-week online course that begins January 22. The course uses a straightforward, easy-to-follow online format. You can participate at times that are convenient for you, from anywhere you have internet access. Participants typically spend 2-3 hours per week on the course. *There's LOTS of discussion about aquatic invasive species management in the course!* The enrollment fee is $115, and participants must register no later than January 8. A variety of continuing education credits are available, and anyone who completes the course is eligible for a free one-year membership in Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, including four issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine. Check out the course website for full details. https://www.canr.msu.edu/introduction_to_lakes_online/
  9. In an effort to not re-create the wheel, here are some of the discussions & resources ISN created during our 2018/19 HWA Prioritization meeting with partners. Feel free to use if it suits you! HWAPrioritization_agenda_2018.12.19.docx HWAPrioritization_notes_2018.12.19.docx HWA Prioritization_2018.12.19.pptx Possible_PriorityPoints_MC.pdf ConservedLand_MC.pdf HWA Prioritization 2018 Overview.docx
  10. Climate change is ravaging the natural laboratory that inspired Darwin. The creatures here are on the brink of crisis. View the full article
  11. If one duckweed lands where a bird relieves itself, it’s capable of eventually creating a dense mat of duckweeds where there were none before. View the full article
  12. If one duckweed lands where a bird relieves itself, it’s capable of eventually creating a dense mat of duckweeds where there were none before. View the full article
  13. John Bedford

    Treatment Discussion Handouts

    How to find your local Pesticide Inspector was talked about during the 2018 MISC Annual Meeting treatment discussion/brainstorming session on 12/11/18. Here is how you can get in touch with your pesticide inspector: Call MDARD's Customer Service Center's 800 number and specify that you need the contact information for a pesticide inspector in a given county. Call center staff will be able to determine the inspector based on our current mapping of districts. Some districts for pesticide inspectors divide counties or are in more than one county, so you may need to be more specific in some cases.
  14. John Bedford

    Treatment Discussion Handouts

    Planned Use Inspections were talked about during the 2018 MISC Annual Meeting treatment discussion/brainstorming session on 12/11/18. Here is a description of what one is: A Planned Use Inspection (PUI) is unlike MDARD’s complaint-based investigations or entity-type inspections (such as schools and golf courses). PUIs are scheduled by an inspector with a firm that is often new to the pesticide application industry, has just obtained a pesticide application business license from MDARD for the first time, or would like a refresher on state and/or federal pesticide use laws, among many other reasons. The inspection is intended to be educational; inspectors will review all applicable pesticide laws with the firm and inspect operations and recordkeeping to ensure all pesticide-related aspects of the business are in compliance. The PUI is non-confrontational to encourage meaningful dialogue between the interviewees and the inspector. Any deficiencies found will be addressed through typically low-level enforcement such as stop orders or warning letters, and the inspector will work with the firm to ensure corrective actions resolve the issues identified.
  15. Shaun Howard

    Treatment Discussion Handouts

    Here's the MDARD pesticide application business road check form - useful for self-review to determine compliance! https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mda/Pesticide_Application_Business_Road_Check_270084_7.pdf From here: https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1569_16988_35287---,00.html "This is in the official MDA inspector checklist used to determine compliance with Michigan's pesticide laws and regulations while making a commercial pesticide application."
  16. This is where the multitude of handouts from the 2018 MISC Annual Meeting treatment discussion/brainstorming session live! Herbicide Information chart, courtesy WM CISMA Strike team costs estimation worksheet, courtesy WM CISMA Strike team startup needs checklist, courtesy WM CISMA Knotweed treatment comparison chart (+ sprayer calibration), courtesy SWxSW CISMA Mix table example, courtesy ISN Emergency Contacts, courtesy ISN End-of-week Checklist, courtesy ISN Treatment Tracking template, courtesy ISN "Truck box" list, courtesy ISN Pesticide training agenda, courtesy ISN Plus, don't forget about the Best Management Practices (BMPs) that MNFI has put together--there are links on michigan.gov/invasives as well as pinned on this Forum. They help with herbicide selection (or other methods). Finally, the manuals for Pesticide Certification are excellent resources--use them! Please comment on this thread with additional resources. Emergency Contacts 2018.docx End of Week Checklist.xlsx Herbicide Information-2.xlsx JK treatment methods_sprayer calibration (3).pdf Mix tables 2010.doc Pesticide Seasonal Training Agenda 5-31-2018.docx Strike Team costs.xlsx Strike Team Startup Needs.docx Treatment Reporting Template.xlsx Truck Box 2018.docx
  17. Climate change is altering America’s first national park so quickly that plants and animals may not be able to adapt. View the full article
  18. Motherless twins. A magical manatee. A group of acclaimed writers — all from or living in Florida — create an exquisite corpse through America’s weirdest state. View the full article
  19. Claire Peterson

    2018 UMISC / NAISMA Joint Conference

  20. Hello Everyone! Hope you all are doing well. I just wanted to pass on a relevant link that I found entitled "What Happens When Humans Fall In Love With An Invasive Species". Be it mute swans, japanese knotweed or something else, the human dimensions of this issue is really interesting. There are some interesting nuggets of information that may apply directly or indirectly to some of the issues various CISMA's are dealing with. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-happens-when-humans-fall-in-love-with-an-invasive-species/?ex_cid=story-facebook&fbclid=IwAR1NqAv4kdIu-ka5JEUUFLWYKtYB8yZwLEb9J3bwx3dkihBOoba8VWuJHFk Please let me know if this is an appropriate venue for sharing these articles. If not, I can just email interested parties. Sincerely, Shikha
  21. Islands of greenery, called refugia, survive even the worst fires, sheltering species and renewing charred landscapes. View the full article
  22. Please see the attached posting for CAKE CISMA coordinator in Bellaire, MI. Responses should be submitted by October 16. Copy of CAKE CISMA Coordinator Position revised 10-09-18.pdf
  23. A colleague in southern Ohio reached out to the TNC invasives/stewardship email lists with questions about small carpetgrass control. His message is as follows: I work in southern Ohio and like many places, we’ve had an unusually wet year. This has apparently contributed to an explosion of small carpetgrass (Arthraxon hispidus) in some of our managed grasslands. We’ve been mowing monocultures of Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) and Chinese lespedeza (Sercicea lespedeza) before seed set in some areas and apparently by reducing the prevalence of these plants we inadvertently made a great seed bed for the carpetgrass (see photos). Does anyone have any idea on how to combat this plant at scales in the tens of acres at once? I’ve heard about using grass specific herbicide. We’ve had some success with small scale applications in planted informational prairies and near facilities, but are just now testing out larger acreage applications. Waiting to see how the larger application goes, but until then I’m still a bit hesitant to really drop it on large acreages (we’re using Fusilade II). We’re also just trying to mow it similar to the lespedeza control, which can also be seen in the picture, although some of those mowed plants have already flowered again. We’re concerned that the prevalence of this plant off TNC property and in much of the roadways around the preserve will just continue the cycle of “kill what’s there -> great seedbed for carpetgrasses not in the managed area -> kill what’s there -> etc. etc.”. Devil’s advocate question: has the abundance of this plant had tangible negative effects on grassland birds or other grassland specific species in your area? I.E. can we accept that every fall this plant will dominate, but the spring/summer months are “business as usual” for the grasslands? Thanks for any insight - Michael P. Hall - Southern Ohio Stewardship Coordinator So, anyone have experience with this? Ryan Wheeler noted that it co-occurs with Japanese stiltgrass, so I feel this one could be an up-and-coming issue for all of us, especially those managing prairies/grasslands.
  24. Ryan Wheeler

    MISC Coordinator Conference Call

    Here are the notes from our call today! MISC-CISMA Coordinator Call 9-24-2018 NOTES.docx
  25. Christina Baugher

    MISC Coordinator Conference Call

    Attached is the agenda and meeting information for the coordinator call on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Please let me know if you have any questions prior to the meeting! MISC-CISMA agenda.docx
  26. Nootka lupine, introduced in the 1970s to control soil erosion, has spread wildly, threatening native species. But many adore its purplish blue flowers. View the full article
  27. From the flower arrangement to the plate, this is the era of the formerly unwanted plant. View the full article
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