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  1. Hello everyone, Hope everyone is staying safe and doing well. As I've been working remotely, I've been taking some time to update and work on our CAKE CISMA website. I'm happy to say it's published now and that we now own the domain name of cakecisma.org! If you have a moment, please check it out and give us any feedback you think might be helpful, or anything that you think might be including on invasive species that I may have left out. Thanks everyone! Keep doing great things. www.cakecisma.org
  2. Hello all, I was wondering if any of you would care to share your current cost-share rates for invasive species treatments. Ours is currently $70 per hour, where we cover $35 and the landowner covers the other half. I've heard we are actually considerably low, so we are thinking of increasing it this year, and so I was curious to see what the other rates are out there to get an idea on how to proceed. Thanks!
  3. Hello everyone, The CAKE CISMA has spent an extensive amount of time surveying purple loosestrife along the Elk River Chain of Lakes this past summer. As we look to next year for potential treatment, we are contemplating using garucella beetles for the larger, denser stands. I was curious to see 1) any expertise any of you may have using beetles, 2) any successes or failures using beetles, and 3) where you typically order them from. We are hoping to go with the most reliable, cost-effective option out there. Thanks everyone!
  4. Hello All, I recently led a field trip for the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts Fall Summit in Bellaire. During the field trip, I facilitated a group activity that I learned a few years ago and have adapted to CAKE/Michigan species. The game seemed to go over pretty well with the group, and a few coordinators asked if I would upload it here. I've attached the instruction sheet and necessary materials for the activity to this post. This game is a helpful object lesson in demonstrating the advantages that invasive species have over native species. It works best for large groups. I hope that some of you find it useful! Let me know if you have any questions about it. Invasive Species Activity Instructions Sheet.pdf Invasive Species Activity Ecological Events Wheel.pdf CAKE CISMA Invasive Species Game_ Invasive Cards.pdf CAKE CISMA Invasive Species Game_ Native Cards (1).pdf
  5. The CAKE CISMA is seeking one seasonal HWA Survey Technician for hemlock woolly adelgid survey and detection work within the CISMA's four county area. The HWA Survey Technician will work 36-40 hours a week at $15.00 per hour for up to 21 weeks. Preferred start date for this position is November 4, 2019. End Date for this position is March 31, 2019. Please see the attached job posting for more details and instructions on how to apply. Visit the CAKE CISMA's website for more information at https://cakecisma.wixsite.com/mysite. HWA Field Technician Job Posting 2019 CAKE CISMA.pdf
  6. Thank you for uploading this! The field trip was very helpful and informative, thanks for the all the effort that was put into it.
  7. Hello all! I received a call the other day about invasive jumping worms. Is anyone familiar with this species, or what to do about it? Any information would be helpful, as its not one that I'm really familiar with. Thanks! It was good to see many of you at the summer field trip and hear about how everyone is doing!
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