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  2. 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
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  5. 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
  6. Claire Peterson

    MISC / CISMA Conference call

    agenda and call-in details will be sent closer to the meeting
  7. Claire Peterson

    2018 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention

    The Convention will kick off with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, October 3. Thursday morning, two outstanding keynote speakers - Bill Creal, former Water Resources Division Chief for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Lisa Borre of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - will set the tone for the Convention along the theme of "Working Together for Healthy Lakes" - on local, state, and global scales. We will break out into thematic sessions on Thursday afternoon, followed by an evening reception highlighting posters and educational displays. Friday morning, the thematic breakout sessions will continue, and Friday afternoon will offer a variety of workshops, field trips, and breakout sessions. Session themes include: Invasive Species Lake Management Lake Monitoring Water Law Lake Levels Fisheries Management Public Health/Septic Systems Lake Stewardship Aquatic Plants Natural Shorelines Volunteer Monitoring/Citizen Science Water Conservation Contaminants Click here to register
  8. From the flower arrangement to the plate, this is the era of the formerly unwanted plant. View the full article
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    Beware the Tick

    A reader offers advice for keeping companion animals safe. View the full article
  10. Hello All, Here is an interesting article that I came across. I have attached the journal article to this post. Pet problems: Biological and economic factors that influence the release of alien reptiles and amphibians by pet owners Sincerely, Shikha Stringham_et_al-2018-Journal_of_Applied_Ecology_exotic pets more likley to be released.pdf
  11. If you wanted to try a chemical free approach, I can share how I am managing it. But it is a work in progress, so no conclusive results...yet.
  12. You're welcome! If you need additional help, please go to our main website http://www.michiganinvasives.org/ and find your local cooperative invasive species management area. They would be more than happy to provide you with additional information and help if possible.
  13. Claire Peterson

    Brighton Recreation Area - BTRA Fall Workbee

    Help keep the trails and equestrian staging area looking great by joining the Brighton Trail Riders Association (BTRA) for their fall workbee! Bring your loppers, gloves and boots. They will have snacks and beverages during the workbee and a pizza party after! Meet at the equestrian staging area, located on 4246 Bishop Lake Road, where participants will break into groups and head out to the work areas. Please RSVP and direct questions to BTRA at 734-426-4754. Thank you to all who have made a difference and continue to do so! - BTRA A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks. To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757. Please Note: Dates occasionally change and events may be canceled due to inclement weather and other reasons. Please call the park to confirm dates/times prior to your arrival.
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  15. Claire Peterson

    Invasive Species Survey at Bennett Park

  16. Welcome! I've attached the Japanese knotweed Best Control Practices PDF that may offer some assistance. Out of curiosity, where are you located? JapaneseKnotweedBCP.pdf
  17. Hello im new here but am looking for help to eradicate a stand of japanese knotwood. Ive already dug it all out once and it stayed manageable till this year. I did not know what it was when i pulled it out on 2013 but i do now and need it gone. Everything ive been pulling since i discovered what it is, has been burned.
  18. Katie Grzesiak

    boot brush station recommendations and signage

    We have always purchased bootbrush station hardware as a kit; we've only found them through EnviroSigns and Best Exhibits, but I encourage you to keep searching (and let us know if you find someone else)! We've purchased them in some bulk (30-40) to keep costs low. If you only need one station, it might be worth making your own, but we've really appreciated the ready-to-assemble nature of the kits. I'm attaching our how-to-install document (from the Downloads section) to give you an idea of what all goes into a station--the kits just include the metal bits, hardware and/or sign, and we've purchased the lumber, gravel, etc. separately, though there may be more complete kits out there. As for the sign itself, ISN made one that could be re-branded pretty easily with a 6x2" logo (or logos) in the upper left corner. It's also available in Downloads. I believe PlayCleanGo also has a sign you could use and/or modify if KISMA is a partner. Our total costs (sign printing, kit purchase, misc. supplies purchase) per station has been between $300 and $400, depending on how many we order; if only one is ordered, costs are likely to be significantly higher. Good luck!
  19. Hi All, I have a partner who wants to put up a boot brush station, and I'm wondering if there is any recommendations for purchasing pre-built stations, or designs for making them. Also, are there any signs that people have already made that KISMA could modify and use for the boot brush area? Thank you in advance for time and thoughts. Hope everybody's summer is going well. Cheers, Sigrid
  20. Elise Desjarlais

    Hogweed or Not?

    Many thanks, Ryan! Those smaller details I'm really unfamiliar with, so your response really helped!
  21. Ryan Koziatek

    Hogweed or Not?

    I would also agree with cow parsnip. For me the indicators were the color of the stem (not mottled purple), the small size of the leaves, there are less than 50 rays on the primary umbel, the obcordate seed, and that most of the oil tubes on most of the seeds are at around 1/2 the length of the seed rather than >3/4 of the length.
  22. Elise Desjarlais

    Hogweed or Not?

    Thanks, Katie! I've also been leaning towards really intense cow-parsnip, but I keep second guessing myself on this one!
  23. Katie Grzesiak

    Hogweed or Not?

    WOW This one is close! But... I'm going with cow parsnip. Hogweed certainly CAN be shorter than 7 ft, but it's usually pretty darn gigantic, and this just seems "pretty big." Check out this link for more specific info: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72766.html You have some pretty indeterminate seeds, but I'd say overall they seem not-flat and heart-shaped. Leaves can be tricky, but those just don't seem quite ridiculous-looking enough. Interested in other opinions, though! It's definitely one of the trickiest I've seen.
  24. Elise Desjarlais

    Hogweed or Not?

    Hi all, I was recently called out to a site in our CISMA that was ID'd by the caller as giant hogweed. This far into the season, I've really started to sift out what is mis-identified cow parsnip, and what might actually be a valid sighting of hogweed. Getting to the site, I'm having a really difficult time deciding, so I figured I'd post my pictures here for some input. The only in-person viewing I've had of hogweed was at last year's CISMA field trip near Grand Haven, and from my pictures as well as online comparisons I'm still having difficulties! Its not helping the plant is on its way out for the season, so input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all! For reference: the plants are topping out at 4' tall, seedheads were 9" across at best. Not sure if hogweed can grow smaller than usually reported? The hairy stems and matching seeds are stumping me.
  25. Claire Peterson


    ? Thanks Jennifer!
  26. Claire Peterson

    Unknown grass / possible aquatic plant?

    Thanks so much Katie!
  27. Jennifer - Huron Pines


    You got it, looks like pokeweed! -Jennifer
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