GiLLS CISMA - Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Shiawassee
Established in 2019, the GiLLS CISMA is a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area for the Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, and Shiawassee counties. This position is supported by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. CISMA partnerships can include federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, non-profit groups, individual homeowners, and various interested groups that manage invasive species (and weeds) in a defined area. This collaborative effort helps to combine resources and knowledge to decrease the threats of these alien species. Through education, outreach efforts, and technical support, CISMAs aim to control or manage the dangers and damages from invasive species. We offer a range of services including information on preventing, identifying, reporting and managing invasive species.
An invasive species is a non-native organism whose introduction causes, or has potential to cause harm to Michigan’s human, economic, wildlife, and environmental health. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms, fungi, bacteria, viruses, etc. Invasive species can be introduced to an area by accidental release, packaging materials, intentionally/accidentally released pets, firewood transportation, and various other means as a result of human activity. Invasive species can lead to the extinction of native plants and animals, destroy biodiversity, permanently alter habitats, reduce property values, damage infrastructure, and create hazards to the public. Once established, invasive species can be extremely costly to manage or control. Early detection and rapid response methods are often critical in effectively dealing with new threats.