Barry-Calhoun-Kalamazoo                   Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area



KCD is proud to announce that we are now an active county in the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). Barry, Calhoun & Kalamazoo (BCK) Counties are in a statewide effort for more effective management of and education about invasive plants and animals through regional community-based collaborations. Thanks to a recent grant award from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program and support from the MDNR, this three county CISMA is possible.


Each county of the BCK CISMA will house an Invasive Outreach Educator (IOE) for their county, as well as coordinate with the CISMA  invasive strike team to survey, prioritize, and treat the invasive speceis outbreaks of greatest concern. Education from an IOE is completely free of charge and participation in the CISMA management plan is open to the public.


If you would like to join statewide efforts of the CISMA, have an educator give a workshop to your group, or learn more, Please contact the Kalamazoo Conservation District Invasive Outreach Educator, Bridgett, at 269.382.5121 ext. 133. (ext. 5 to leave a voicemail) or invasivespecieskcd@gmail.com


For more information about this and other CISMA's, or to report sightings of invasive species, please visit www.michiganinvasives.org




Invasive Species Management Course
Thursday evenings from September 14 - October 19 From 6 - 8 p.m.

W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Auditorium
12685 East C Avenue 
Augusta, MI 49012


Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.
Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.




Week 1

September 14

Introduction- Identification 

Week 2

September 21

Evaluating the land part one - Surveying and mapping invasive species

Week 3

September 28

Evaluating the land part two - Setting and prioritizing goals

Week 4

October 5

Treatment options and methods

Week 5

October 12

Determining management actions and a timeline


October 19

Implementation, monitoring, and restoration

Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members

This course is funded in part by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Registration for Invasive Species Management is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 10, 2017.




2017 Events

City Of Portage - Department of Public Services (DPS)


Thursday, April 6 the BCK CISMA will give a private workshop to the streets maintenance and parks department of the City of Portage. This workshop will include recommended ways of removal, actions that will spread invasives, decontamination methods to help stop the spread, and look-alikes that may be encountered on a daily basis. This workshop will also include identification of the following: Japanese knotweed, invasive Phragmites, black swallowwort, bohemian knotweed, giant knotweed, chinese yam, european frog-bit, flowering rush and pale swallowwort. 


For more information on how you or your organization can recieve a free workshop on invasive species, please contact the Invasive Species Outreach Educator,

Bridgett Bell at 269-382-5121 ext. 5. 



Seedling Sale Pick-Up & Earth Day Event


Friday, April 21st from 9am - 6pm and Saturday April 22nd from 10am - 3pm the BCK CISMA will be participating in this public event with a booth of identificaiton!! Do you have a plant that is taking over your backyard? Think you've seen Japanese knotweed close to your home? Bring a PICTURE ONLY of your plant to have it identified! Find out how to control your plant and possibly erradicate it for good! This family-friendly Earth Day festival is open to all and includes free well water testing, coffee, and hot chocolate and the sale of extra quantities of seedlings! 


Looking for a specific tree? Sales are going on now and quanities are limited, please order by clicking the Seedling Sale Order Online button below, or print a form and bring it in to our district office. Our tree sale deadline is April 7, 2017. After this date quantities will be extremely limited or sold out.


For more information on how you or your organization can get the BCK CISMA to come to your event to talk about invasive species, please contact the Invasive Species Outreach Educator, Bridgett Bell at 269-382-5121 ext. 5. 



Conservorama Station


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 the BCK CISMA will be participating in a private event for grade school students from all over Kalamazoo County. They will be educated on conservation of all sorts from invasive species to ground throughout six stations of fun. This will be an exciting day for kids as they take a field trip with their school to come and enjoy the outdoors to learn.


If you wish your child could enjoy this event, please contact our offices with contact information for your childs school. We will connect with your childs school and decide if this event is right for the age group and if they are available for this date. The Kalamazoo Conservation District Office is located at 5950 Portage Rd., Portage, MI and at 269-382-5121 ext. 5


For more information on how you or your organization can get the BCK CISMA to come to your event to talk about invasive species, please contact the Invasive Species Outreach Educator, Bridgett Bell at 269-382-5121 ext. 5. 



KCD Hours

Mon-Fri :

09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Because we are a field office, please call BEFORE your visit

Phone: 269.775.3368


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