The North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA) was formed in 2015 with the initial focus on inventorying the invasive species in the counties 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 NCCISMA, bringing the county coverage to six. As a CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area), this is a partnership of local organizations, agencies, and businesses concerned with invasive species in the region. CISMAs share resources and expertise to effectively manage invasive plants, animals, insects, and tree diseases. NCCISMA is committed to removing hurdles that may discourage private property owners from treating invasive species on their own property. This is accomplished through several means including providing assistance in identifying invasive species by coming to the property for a site visit. NCCISMA also host a variety of outreach events to educate about invasive species including demonstrations of invasive species control techniques.