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WELCOME TO THE KALAMAZOO CONSERVATION DISTRICT

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

 

 

Current Happenings

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. 

 

 

WIN 98.5 Your Country - Farm To Family

 

Air Date To Be Determined In April- The BCK CISMA, MAEAP Technician, and KCD manager will be participating in a radio interview by WIN 98.5 Your Country for their weekly talk about Farm To Family! We will be discussing our Seedling Sale Pick-Up Earth Day Event, MAEAP verifications, Invasive Species and more! Stay Tuned for more information on when this interview will be aired! 

 

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. 

 

 

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: 269.382.5121 EXT. 5

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