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Purple Loosestrife



Garlic Mustard



Japanese Knotweed

Spring growth



Japanese Knotweed

One month later




Eurasion Water Milfoil





Three Shores Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

2017 Program Landowner Permission Forms:

Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areasmap.jpg (CISMA's) are a great way to facilitate cooperation and coordination networking across jurisdictional boundaries.  A CISMA is created when local citizens, landowners, and not-for-profit groups join together with city, county, state, tribal, and federal officials in order to share invasive plant management resources. 

CISMA'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.  CISMA activities include education and awareness, prevention, monitoring, and integrated pest management.

There are five Cooperative Invasive Species 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 Three Shores Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.

Three Shores Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (Three Shores CISMA)

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

Web site:  www.clmcd.org

Contact person:  Nick Cassel, Invasive Species Program Coordinator

                           Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District

                           2847 Ashmun Street

                           Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783

                           Office:  906-632-9611 x121


Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area (CUPCWMA)

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

Web site: www.cupcwma.org

Contact person:  Mindy Otto, Coordinator

                         780 Commerce Drive, Suite C

                         Marquette, Michigan  49855

                         906-226-8871 x116


Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC)

Area:  Dickinson and Menominee Counties in Michigan

Florence, Forest and Marinette Counties in Wisconsin and Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest

Web site:  www.wrisc.org

Contact person:  Lindsey Peterson, Interim Coordinator

                         Dickinson Conservation District

                         420 North Hooper Street

                         Kingsford, Michigan  49082



Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA)

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

Web site:  www.kisma.org

Contact person:  Sigrid Resh, Coordinator

                         Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District

                         711 West Lakeshore Drive, Unit A

                         Houghton, Michigan  49931



Western Peninsula Invasivies 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, Coordinator

                         Iron County Conservation District

                         2 South 6th Street #15

                         Crystal Falls, MI 49920




Invasive Species Mapping

An on-line mapping program is available to all of the CISMA'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 invasive species 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.



Invasive Species Survey Protocol

Invasive Species Survey Form

Field Log Protocol

Field Log Form

Invasive Species Codes

Landowner's Reporting Postcard

Invasive Identification Cards



The CISMA 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 questions.  If you have topics that you would 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 CISMA.  Volunteers are be needed to locate and map areas where non-native invasive species have taken hold.  Volunteers will also be needed to help remove plants.  Contact your local CISMA coordinator for dates, times and locations for these activities. 

Top 10 Invasive Plant Species in the Three Shores CISMA:

Top 10 Invasive Species Found within Three Shores CISMA

Other Invasives

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


Purple Loosestrifepurple_loosestrife.gif

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) blooms July through October.  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 blooms at the same time - so check them closely.  Read the attached for treatment options.


Garlic Mustard 

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.    The best time to pull garlic mustard is in May and June when the plant is flowering.  Please take a look at this flyer.


Related Links

Three Shores CISMA Facebook Page

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

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 2/9/2018.

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