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Cooperative Weed Managment Areas
Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA's) are a great way to facilitate cooperation and coordination networking across jurisdictional boundaries. A CWMA is created when local citizen, landowners, and not-for-profit groups join together with city, county, state, tribal, and federal officials in order to share invasive plant management resources.
CWMA's have many benefits. They build community awareness and participation. They reduce the risk of control efforts to water and rare species by assuring that partners employ best management practices (BMPs). They provide an early detection and rapid response network and help secure funding. CWMA activities include education and awareness; prevention; monitoring; and integrated pest management.
There are five Cooperative Weed Management Areas serving the fifteen Upper Peninsula counties. They are the Western Peninsula Invasives Coalition, the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area, the Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition, the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area, and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area.
Eastern Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area (EUP CWMA)
Area: Chippewa, Mackinac and Luce Counties and the Hiawatha National Forest
Web site: www.chipmackconservation.org
Contact person: Nick Cassel, Coordinator
Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District
2847 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783
Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area (CUPCWMA)
Area: Alger, Delta, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties and Hiawatha National Forest
Web site: www.upicweeds.org (may also be found on Facebook)
Contact person: Geri Grant, Interim Coordinator
2 Peter White Drive, Presque Isla Park
Marquette, Michigan 49855
Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC)
Area: Dickinson and Menominee Counties in Michigan
Florence, Forest and Marinette Counties in Wisconsin
Web site: www.wrisc.org
Contact person: Ann Hruska, Administrator/Project Manager
Dickinson Conservation District
102 North Hooper Street
Kingsford, Michigan 49082
Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA)
Area: New invasive species partnership for Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties
Web site: www.kisma.org
Contact person: Janet Marr, Coordinator
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
600 E. Lakeshore Drive, Room 204
Houghton, Michigan 49931
906-337-5529 or 906-482-0214
Western Peninsula Invasvies Coalition (WePic)
Area: Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties and the Ottawa National Forest
Web site: www.wepic.org (may also be found on Facebook)
Contact person: Ian Shackleford, Botanist (Noxious Weed Coordinator)
Ottawa National Forest
Ironwood, Michigan 49938
896-932-1330, Ext. 331
An on-line mapping program is available to all the CWMA's in the Upper Peninsula to post the locations of invasive species found by their members and volunteers. With assistance from the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), we are able to post our fieldwork on a Google Map application on the CLMCD web site. All of the data is submitted to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) for posting on their web site as well.
Our web site weed map will provide immediate feedback to volunteers of the information they submit on their survey forms. Check out the map to see some of the work that was collected last season. Click here to view the map.
The CWMA Forum is an on-line discussion forum where volunteers, landowners, and other interested individuals can exchange information about invasive plants. To use the forum, all you have to do is register. It's simple. Click here to get started.
With the help of experts in the field, we will hopefully answer all of your questons. If you have topics that you'd like discussed or just want to make comments on topics listed, you can submit them on the forum.
Since this is a new feature, it will take some time before we are all familiar with the process but this should be a fun way for us to exchange information. See you at the Forum!
Volunteers are a critical component in the success of a cooperative weed management program. Volunteers are be needed to locate and map areas where non-native invasive plants have taken hold. Volunteers will also be needed to help remove plants. Contact your local CWMA coordinator for dates, times and locations for these activities.
Top 10 Invasive Plant Species in the EUP CWMA:
Giant Hogweed Alert! - Has anyone seen this plant? Click here.
Noticed any purple flowers along any wet area lately? Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is in full bloom. You'll see numerous bright flowers with five to seven petals each. The plants are prolific seed producers. Infestations may result in dramatic disruptions in water flow in rivers and a sharp decline in biological diversity as native food and cover plant species, notably cattails, are completely crowded out, and the life cycles of organisms from waterfowl to amphibians to algae are affected. Look alike plant is Fireweed and blooming right now too - so check them closely. Read the attached for treatment options.
Unfortunately we are starting to see growth of invasive plants that threaten the biodiversity of our precious forests. One such plant that is threatening our forested areas is Garlic mustard. Check out this great video, "Stemming the Tide", to help you identify and stop the spread of Garlic mustard in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The best time to pull garlic mustard is in May and June when the plant in flowering. Please take a look at this flyer.