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Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area


Kent Conservation District's STRIKE TEAM is preparing for the 2017 spray season! The West Michigan Cluster of the Stewardship Network has formed the West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area which is a multi-county partnership with the goal of raising awareness about invasive species, preventing new invaders from getting established and giving landowners options for controlling the most aggresive invasive species on their property. 

Thanks to DNR funding through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, the local CISMA's can target new invaders (termed early detection species). These early dectection species like black swallow-wort, jet-bed and chinese yam, can be the most destructive to our natural areas and yet are evaluated as being the most preventable.  The complete list of 'A' species, is available here, and below.  The plants highlighted are those we are focusing efforts on in Kent this year, but any 'A' species is eligible for a no-cost treatment.  We can serve everyone from suburban homeowners to landowners with acres in the Conservation Reserve Program.  More details on our services is available here.  Call our offices to learn more about this wonderful opportunity for real help on your land.  Please contact us if you have concerns about plants on your property, and if you have a picture, please email  kentstriketeam@gmail.com for real help on your property in Kent County.


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Details on how this program works are listed here. Please call if you have further questions at 616.942.4111x4

Kent Strike Team details
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Complete listing of the 'A' species in Kent County for 2016. These plants are targeted for no-cost treatments because they are either: 1) Early Detection, Rapid Response (EDRR) species, which means they are new to Kent County, or 2) species which can cause significant damage and are difficult for homeowners to eradicate without professional help

Kent 2016 Species List
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Learn more about this plant and the damage it can cause.

Pale and Black Swallow-wort