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  1. Claire Peterson

    ISN Partner Meeting

    Join us to hear an update on ISN and partner organizations. Other topics will include plans for the upcoming field season, changes to Go Beyond Beauty, and a presentation on hemlock woolly adelgid. For fellowship beforehand, bring your own lunch early. Any questions can be directed to ISN Coordinator, Katie Grzesiak: (231)941-0960 x29 kgrzesiak@gtcd.org
  2. The CAKE CISMA is seeking applicants for an invasive species strike team for the 2018 field season. Two positions are available, one crew leader and one technician. These are seasonal positions, working up to 40 hours/week for up to 28 weeks (7 months). Primary responsibilities include working under the supervision of the CAKE CISMA Coordinator to manage terrestrial invasive plants throughout the CAKE service region. Managing invasive species will be done through the use of multiple treatment methods including manual and chemical treatments as well as surveying and prioritizing infested sites. Compensation: $10-12/hr (Technician), $14-16/hr (Crew Leader) Application Deadline: March 19, 2018 Please visit the CAKE CISMA webpage at the Antrim Conservation District website to view the full job postings.
  3. Claire Peterson

    New Species added to MISIN!

    On our individual state pages, we've added lists of each states noxious weeds, prohibited, restricted, edrr, species of concern, etc. Those species that we did not have on the MISIN site have now been added. They include: Apple of Peru Black henbane Woollyleaf bur ragweed Chinese buckthorn Rough cocklebur Cogongrass Columbus grass Common poison ivy Cressleaf groundsel Dahurian buckthorn Field bindweed Giant ragweed Goatsrue Golden alga Heartshape false pickerelweed Hill mustard Horse nettle Italian plumeless thistle Japanese buckthorn Marestail Palmer amaranth Pignut Russian thistle Sharp-tooth buckthorn Scotch broom Shatter cane Sickleweed Silverleaf nightshade Simplestem bur-reed Smooth dock Sudden oak death Sweet autumn clematis Tropical soda apple White bedstraw White henbane Wild mustard Wild sunflower Woolly fruit bur ragweed Yellow bedstraw Yellow starthistle Unfortunately there are not a lot of photos available for Sharp-tooth buckthorn (Rhamnus arguta) so if anyone has any images of this species that they would like to share, please e-mail me!
  4. Katie Grzesiak

    Nursery Suggestions

    ISN is working on a grant proposal to create a strategic plan for bringing our ground-breaking Go Beyond Beauty program state-wide, and we need input from businesses! We're currently working on getting the Michigan Nursery & Landscaper Association to come to the table, but it would be useful to have businesses from throughout the state interested. Could you help us out by suggesting some? Unsurprisingly, we have northwest lower Michigan covered, and I know of Van Atta's, Howe's, and Andy T's in mid-Michigan that I will be contacting. Where else should I go? Thanks in advance!
  5. Hello all, We received a message today from a concerned citizen asking an interesting question that I feel would make for some great discussion. Thoughts? Comments?
  6. Claire Peterson

    Crandell Park Invasive Species Survey

    Eaton Conservation District and Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, (MM-CISMA), are hosting an Invasive Species survey on Thursday, July 20th, from 2 – 4:30 pm. at Crandell Park, 3424 E. Clinton Trail, Charlotte, MI 48813. Please join us and learn about identifying invasive plants in our area and how to report them on MSU’s MISIN smart phone app. This is a great way for youth and adults to learn about invasive plants and help our environment!For more information and RSVP, please call at Eaton Conservation District @ ph. 517-543-1512 x 5 or email sue.spagnuolo@macd.org. Be prepared for an enjoyable walk around the lake! Please bring water and wear attire suitable for walking and the day's weather.
  7. Claire Peterson

    Japanese Knotweed Community Training

    Japanese knotweed, also known as "Michigan bamboo", is a highly invasive plant in our region and it's becoming a major issue for homeowners and land managers. Its incredible root system can damage infrastructure and above ground, it chokes out native vegetation and hurts wildlife habitat. This community training will focus on: How knotweed grows and spreads The best time and methods for controlling knotweed Hands-on demonstrations at a knotweed-infested site Techniques for preventing the spread of knotweed including proper handling of waste. We will begin indoors for a presentation and then venture to a knotweed site for hands-on demonstrations of proper identification and treatment. This training is free and open to anyone with knotweed concerns. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVPs are required as space is limited. You can register here. When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pmWhere: Please meet at West Shore Medical Center, classroom #1 (1465 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee, MI). Carpooling will be available to our demonstration site, located approximately three miles away.Contact: Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist, (231)941-0960 x20 or email ecook@gtcd.org
  8. ISN has been working on controlling garlic mustard in a small residential area in Grand Traverse County since 2013, in large part because of the area's fantastic integration into the existing forest habitats. In previous years, garlic mustard choked out nearly all other vegetation: As the years have gone by, the native vegetation (Dutchman's breeches, squirrel corn, trout lilies, and even Trillium) have returned in profusion. We're still working, every year: ...but now it's a much prettier view while we work! And in spring 2017, our Seasonal Technicians found some very special Trillium! In addition to our "normal" red Trillium (T. erectum) pictured above, they spotted the rare yellow-form (T. erectum f. luteum) and a return visit yielded a pale "salmon" red Trillium as well: Moral of the story: sometimes you don't know what you're saving until you've put in the work! All photos by ISN personnel, besides the 2 "special" Trillium photos by Bob Grzesiak (from the same site), used with permission because he's my dad.
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    In addition to the annual Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) training to be held in conjunction with the 2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Annual Conference, MiCorps staff will also be offering a training session in the western Upper Peninsula to teach residents how to get involved in the program and how to monitor their lakes. This free training is required for a number of different parameters offered by the program. Whether you have been involved with the program for a number of years, just getting started, or just curious as to how it may help you protect your favorite lake, everyone is encouraged and invited to attend this free event. Food, lodging, and transportation are the responsibility of each attendee. A lunch will be available to order. CLMP UP Training Agenda Please RSVP to: Jim Novitski, jjnovitski@gmail.com Please Note: To monitor your lake through the CLMP, you need to register at www.micorps.net/lake-monitoring/become-a-volunteer, or contact Jean Roth at jroth@mlswa.org or 989-257-3715. The CLMP training is free, but there are small fees to enroll in the program itself. Anyone interested is welcome at the free training, whether their lake is enrolled in the program or not.
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    In conjunction with the 2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Annual Conference, MiCorps will also be offering training on the lake monitoring techniques used in the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). All CLMP participants enrolled in a parameter that they have not previously done should try to join us for this training. Depending on the type of monitoring you will be conducting, your attendance at these trainings may be required in order to participate in the program (see below). These trainings are also open to any lake monitors who would like to learn these methods or are interested in a refresher. Pre-registration is required to attend these sessions. Check back for more details later this winter. Training recommended but not required Secchi Disk Transparency Spring or Summer Total Phosphorus Training required Chlorophyll-a Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Score the Shore (Lakeshore Habitat Assessment) Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch Aquatic Plant Mapping These CLMP training sessions are offered free of charge to all CLMP enrollees; however, participants are responsible for all associated lodging, meals, and travel expenses to attend. Please note: CLMP enrollees who wish to attend the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Annual Conference sessions must register for the Conference and pay the appropriate registration fees. The Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Annual Conference is a separate event, with a separate registration and fees. Questions? More information and an online registration form for the CLMP training sessions will be available later this winter. Please contact Jean Roth (jroth@mlswa.org, 989-257-3715) with any questions.
  11. ISN's 2016 Job Opportunities are in! This is a cross-post from the General Discussion board. We'll be hiring 8 people in a variety of positions, and we need you to help us spread the word! You can find all this information on our website. Full-time: Habitat Management Specialist, who will coordinate some major control efforts as well as keeping their boots dirty (of course they'll be cleaned between sites!) with treatment. Part-time: Outreach Assistant, who will assist local municipalities with invasive species issues and help with ISN's outreach in general. Seasonal: Survey Technicians (2), who will work together to survey throughout the four-county region for invasive plants. Seasonal: Crew Leader, who will lead a crew of three others and coordinate with partners to control invasive species throughout the four-county region. Seasonal: Crew Members (3), who will work together to control invasive species throughout the four-county region. Deadline for the seasonal positions is March 1. Deadline for the full-time and part-time positions is March 8.