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  1. North Country CISMA has an opening for someone, with experience and expertise in invasive species identification and control, to act as their Invasive Species Technician. This person will provide technical assistance to property owners, and assist the NCCISMA Program Coordinator with data collection and management. The ideal candidate will be an experienced Certified Pesticide Applicator, as they will also act as back-up field crew lead, and assist the field crew in performing invasive species management activities. This is a full time, 40hr/week, year-round position. Duty location may be in either Cadillac or Scottville, MI. Starting pay is $15.00 - $17.00 per hour, commensurate with experience. This position is grant funded, with funding currently in place through April of 2020. NCCISMA intends for this to be a long-term position, and will be pursuing funding to that effect. Deadline to apply is April 2, 2018. See the attached file for more information about the position and how to apply. IS Tech Job Posting_3-7-18.pdf
  2. The North Country CISMA is seeking a Seasonal Crew Leader and 3 Seasonal Crew Members for invasive species management and habitat restoration work within the six counties we serve. These are full-time seasonal positions. Benefits include paid federal holidays and vacation/sick leave Crew Lead pays $12-$14 per hour for up to 24 weeks, preferred start date is May 7, 2018, deadline to apply is April 2, 2018 Crew Member pays $10-$12 per hour for up to 16 weeks, preferred start date is May 14th, 2018, deadline to apply is April 9, 2018 Refer to the attached job postings for position details and application instructions. For more information visit NorthCountryInvasives.org Field Lead job posting_3-7-18.pdf Seasonal Field Crew Posting_3-7-18.pdf
  3. North Country CISMA is looking for a high energy candidate to fill an Outreach Coordinator position. This person will be responsible for carrying on and expanding NCCISMA's already well established outreach program. Creativity and confidence are key! The right candidate is comfortable speaking to groups of people from a variety of age groups and demographics. Strong writing skills are a must, and experience with graphic design is a plus. This is a full time, 40hr/week, year-round position. Duty location may be in either Cadillac or Scottville, MI. Starting pay is $15.00 - $16.00 per hour. This position is grant funded, with funding currently in place through December of 2019. NCCISMA intends for this to be a long-term position, and will be pursuing funding to that effect. Deadline to apply is February 28th. See the attached file for more information about requirements for the position and how to apply. NCCISMA_Outreach Coordinator job posting.docx NCCISMA_Outreach Coordinator job posting.pdf
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    Cheerios & bees

    Fortunately 100 million wildflower seeds is actually not that many. Also, Hoary Allysum is not in the same genus as the "sweet allysum" they are giving out in Canada. I have never seen sweet allysum reseed itself. While a few escapees have been noted in Michigan, I doubt if we need to worry about it. Also, though I have seen forget-me-nots misbehaving, I do not know if they are truly by definition invasive. Harm economy? human health? environment? They may threaten the native forget-me-nots, particularly through hybridization (just conjecture, I don't know of any studies showing this)? Interestingly, I do not know any botanists that can confidently even key out the native species from the invasives without a microscope. Do any of you have some pointers? It does seem that if we are worried about forget-me-nots, we would be better off to address it with the many seed suppliers in our communities, or somehow convince people that these lovely little blue flowers are bad. They are in the category of plants that you should not let into your garden unless you really want them there - impossible to get rid of. Just sayin.
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    Common Lilac

    Can someone give me some good references to the invasive properties of common lilac? What does it do that makes it invasive? What is it hurting? Any known "horror story" locations? References on the subject would be helpful too. Thanks!
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    Red Barberry

    Bird Poop! Tough to fight something still being sold & planted A LOT!
  7. Big shout-out to our cohorts in eastern Iowa! The Hawkeye CWMA is fully sharing their invasive species treatment brochures with North Country CISMA. They are allowing us to use their treatment brochures and change them as we need to match our own recommendations (where ours differ from theirs). Also, they are allowing us to remove all reference to their CISMA on the brochures we print, and to "brand" them with our CISMA's logo! What awesome sharers!! http://www.hawkeyecwma.org/ By the way, the North Country CISMA Steering Committee has decided to adopt this same policy with respect to our printed outreach materials. We recently produced a Quick Reference Field Guide to High Priority Invasive Species that any of you are welcome to use and "re-brand" as your own. I have attached this document here - feel free to redo the front cover to promote your CISMA. Note that we are in the process of completing 2 more pages (bittersweet and buckthorn). These will soon be available for free download from our webpage. http://www.northcountryinvasives.org/ Quick Reference ID Guide.pdf
  8. Formed in 2015, our initial focus has been on inventorying the invasive species already in our 5 county area, and educating the public on the likely next invaders that we would like to keep out of the area. In addition, we are committed to removing hurdles that may discourage private property owners from treating invasive species on their own property. One of these initiatives is the establishment of community tool cribs at each of our participating Conservation District offices, with invasive species mechanical and chemical control equipment available for rent to the public. We are also working to obtain count-wide DEQ permits for chemical treatments of invasive species in wet environments. We are further facilitating private landowner's control of invasive species on their property by providing demonstrations of invasive species control techniques to neighborhood/lake associations. For more info visit our website at NorthCountryInvasives.org or e-mail me at vicki.sawicki@macd.org
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