We were formed in 2015 with the initial focus on inventorying the invasive species in our five-county area of Mason, Lake, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford, and educating the public on the likely next invaders of the area. In 2016 Mecosta County was added to the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA), bringing the county coverage to six. As a CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area), we are a partnership of local organizations, agencies, and businesses concerned with invasive species in our region. CISMAs share resources and expertise to effectively manage invasive plants, animals, insects, and tree diseases.
We are committed to removing hurdles that may discourage private property owners from treating invasive species on their own property. We accomplish this through several means including providing assistance in identifying invasive species by coming to the property for a site visit. We also host a variety of outreach events to educate about invasive species including demonstrations of invasive species control techniques.