We are a collaboration to support functioning ecosystems and
enhance quality of life through invasive species management.
The Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) was established in December 2014 by 19 partners. Today the partnership has grown to over 40 members including local governments, county governments, non-profit organizations, and universities. Check out our current members [here].
We are focused on managing the spread of eight priority invasive species including: invasive Phragmites (common reed), Black and Pale Swallow-worts, Knotweeds, European frog-bit, Flowering rush and Red swamp crayfish. Members also have extensive experience managing other common invasive plants such as Buckthorns, Autumn olive, Garlic mustard, Asian bittersweet, and Purple loosestrife. You can learn more about all these species through our invasive species profiles in the menu, or clicking on the name of each species listed above.
For more information on what we do, please read our [Strategic Invasive Species Management Plan (2017)] as well as the [Executive Summary].
If you do not live in Oakland County but would still like help with invasive species, contact the CISMA in your area or contact us to help you get in touch with them.
Six Rivers Land Conservancy is a partner member and became the fiduciary for both the Oakland County and Lake St. Clair CISMAs in 2018. Six Rivers views the management of invasive species as a key component of stewardship, which is a core part of their mission. As fiduciary for both CISMAs, Six Rivers supports their efforts through serving as employer for CISMA staff, receiving and distributing funds, as well as entering into contracts and holding permits, licenses and insurances necessary for CISMA operations.
The Oakland County CISMA is funded by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (www.michigan.gov/invasives) as well as by CISMA members and the Road Commission for Oakland County.