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About Us

To fulfill our mission statement, we strive to create and support collaborative invasive species management among partners which include: federal and state agencies, municipalities, tribes, nonprofits, and community organizations within our 5 counties. Partners show their support of the CM-CISMA by signing a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating that they will work with us as a team to manage invasive species. Because invasive species know no boundaries, these relationships are important for effective management. Partnerships can also allow access to new sources of funding and increase implementation efficiency. If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact us! If you would like to see where we are headed and our upcoming goals, to see if partnering with us is for you, check out our strategic plan below and feel free to contact us with any questions you have.


Along with partners, we also strive to promote invasive species education and outreach, inventory and prevention, and control activities for organizations and private landowners. If you are a landowner in need of a resource for identifying a species and/or ways to combat those species, please contact us!

If you are interested in more information about how the Central Michigan CISMA is structured, our goals and how we plan on fulfilling those, feel free to check out our strategic plan below. 

The Steering Committee meets on a monthly bases, sometimes through zoom but increasingly in-person. Wondering what we've been up to? Please feel free to ask for a copy of our meeting minutes


The following organizations are on our steering committee. These organizations contribute to guiding the work of the CISMA and overall support of the CISMA. Without these organizations, we could not make the impact that we do; thank you for your support of the Central Michigan CISMA and all the work you do with invasive species in our area. 

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  • Chippewa Nature Center

  • Clare Conservation District

  • Forest Hill Nature Area/Gratiot - Isabella RESD

  • Gladwin Conservation District

  • Gladwin County Road Commission

  • Gratiot Conservation District

  • Midland County Road Commission

  • Midland Conservation District

  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

  • The Little Forks Conservancy

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


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As mentioned above, partners in all capacities are important to the success of the CISMA. The below organizations are those in addition to the partners that are on our steering committee, who support the CISMA in varies forms. 

  • Chippewa Watershed Conservancy

  • Isabella Conservation District

  • Lily Lakes Association

  • Midland County Parks and Recreation

  • Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation

  • City of Midland



The coordinator works to ensure that the deliverables' set for the grants are completed, educate the public through outreach and education, and oversee the organization, coordination, and communication between steering committee members, partners, and landowners.


Matthew graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Sustainable Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and will complete his Master's in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton this Spring. He is new to the Midland area after growing up near Ann Arbor, Michigan and just recently returned to the state after living in Southern California for four years.

He is thoroughly looking forward to being back in his home-state, setting down roots, and having a role where he can have a positive impact on his new community and the state overall.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

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