Through the Ecology Committee the CSA has become a working partner with the North West Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN). The ISN is a collaboration of over 40 partners in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee counties working to manage the invasive terrestrial plant populations that threaten Michigan’s natural communities. ISN was formed in 2005, and has been cooperating with partner organizations, municipalities and private property owners to remove and treat invasive species since. Most visible is the help they have given the CSA, free of charge, over the past three years with the removal of garlic mustard, dame’s rocket and invasive shrubs. ISN has also provided free workshops which have assisted our understanding of the importance of controlling the growth of invasive species.
As a result of this partnership, an Invasive Species Monitoring Group of about 20 CSA volunteers has formed. They have divided the CSA grounds among them, and with assistance from the folks at ISN, will survey the property periodically during the year to determine the extent of invasive plant growth and learn to detect new invasive species before they multiply and get out of control. The purpose of these efforts is to save the CSA time, money, and effort, as well as to protect the CSA environment for the future. The monitoring group’s data and suggested responses will be reported to the Board of Trustees and CSA community.
Below you will find a link to a very interesting article published by the North West Michigan Invasive Species Network, presenting information on the invasive plants that pose particular risk to our grounds, as well as to the greater Michigan communities. We hope you find it helpful.