Statewide Effort Underway for Invasive Species Management 

A new effort is underway in our area, thanks to a recent grant award from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. A Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has recently been formed for Barry, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo (BCK) Counties. The BCK CISMA was formed as a part of a statewide effort for more effective management of and education about invasive plants and animals through regional community-based collaborations. 

CISMAs are comprised of private landowners, non-governmental organizations, natural resource management groups, governmental agencies, and others who are interested in combating invasive species. Together, we will better understand the threats in our region and prioritize solutions by combining efforts and centralizing communication.

Japanese knotweedThe BCK CISMA will develop a comprehensive, strategic, and long-term approach for managing invasive species including invasive phragmites, black and pale swallow-wort, Japanese and giant knotweed, European frogbit, flowering rush, and Chinese yam. A strike team will survey and verify high-priority areas and use their results to create a comprehensive GIS database to prioritize, implement, and monitor treatments. Outreach efforts will raise citizen awareness and encourage involvement in detection and monitoring.
KNC Stewardship Field Director Ryan Koziatek is the Coordinator for the BCK CISMA, in collaboration with the Conservation Districts (CD) of Barry, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo Counties. Each CD will house a local Invasive Outreach Educator. If you would like to join the BCK CISMA, host a workshop, or learn more, please contact Ryan Koziatek at (269) 381-1574 ext. 41 or at

For more information about this and other CISMAs, or to report an invasive species sighting visit 

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Invasive Outreach Educators (IOEs) In Your County

Invasive Outreach Educators (IOEs) are the primary contact for your area. They are available to help you with a plan to deal with invasive species  and provide trainings and workshops for groups. 

Sarah Nelson
Barry County IOE

Barry County Conservation District


Brooke Mainville
Calhoun County IOE
Calhoun Conservation District

269-781-4867, ext. 5

Bridgett Bell
Kalamazoo County IOE

Kalamazoo County Conservation District


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PHONE (269) 381-1574  •  FAX (269) 381-2557 

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BCK CISMA Coordinator
& KNC Stewardship Field Director
Ryan Koziatek,
(269) 381-1574 ext. 41