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Purple Loosestrife

 

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Garlic Mustard

 

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Japanese Knotweed

Spring growth

 

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Japanese Knotweed

One month later

 

 

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Eurasion Water Milfoil

 

 

 

Home>EUP Weed Management Area

Cooperative Weed Managment Areas

Cooperative Weed Management Areasmap.jpg (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 and three counties in northern Wisconsin.  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 (EUPCWMA)

Area:  Chippewa, Mackinac and Luce Counties and the Hiawatha National Forest

Web site:  www.clmcd.org

Contact person:  Nick Cassel, Coordinator

                         Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District

                         2847 Ashmun Street

                         Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783

                         Office:  906-635-1278

                         Cell:  906-430-0040

                         nick.cassel@macd.org

Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area (CUPCWMA)

Area:  Alger, Delta, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties and Hiawatha National Forest

Web site:  www.cupcwma.org (may also be found on Facebook)

Contact person:  Abbie Debiak

                         2 Peter White Drive, Presque Isla Park

                         Marquette, Michigan  49855

                         906-228-6095

                         cupcwma@gmail.com

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:  Emily Anderson

                         Dickinson Conservation District

                         102 North Hooper Street

                         Kingsford, Michigan  49082

                         906-774-8441

                         wildriverscwma@gmail.com or ann.hruska@mi.nacdnet.net

Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA)

Area:  Invasive species partnership for Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties

Web site:  www.kisma.org

Contact person:  Meral Jackson

                         Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District

                         600 E. Lakeshore Drive, Room 204

                         Houghton, Michigan  49931

                         906-337-5529 or 906-482-0214

                         meral.jackson@macd.org

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:  Jen Riker

                         ironconservationdistrict@gmail.com

 

Weed Mapping

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.

 

CWMA Forms

Invasive Species Survey Protocol

Invasive Species Survey Form

Field Log Protocol

Field Log Form

Invasive Species Codes

Landowner's Reporting Postcard

Invasive Identification Cards

 

CWMA Forum

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

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:

Top 10 Invasive Species Found in the EUP CWMA

Other Invasives

Giant Hogweed Alert! - Has anyone seen this plant?  Click here

 

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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.

 

Garlic Mustard Video

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.

 

Related Links

Midwest Invastive Plant Network (MIPN)

MIPN Links

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN)

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network - Facebook Page

Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council

RRIP-IT-UP Program

Northwest Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area

Upper Peninsula Invasives Council

Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University Extension

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

North Country Gardening

Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition

Phragmites:  Common Reed - Morphological Differences

Emerald Ash Borer Facebook Page

This page last updated on 10/7/2014.
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