Invasive Species

Top Invasive Plant Species in Our AreaInvasive Species Cartoon

  1. Eurasion phragmites
  2. Black & Pale Swallow-worts
  3. Japanese knotweed 
  4. Baby’s breath
  5. Flowering rush
  6. European frogbit
  7. Garlic mustard
  8. Oriental bittersweet
  9. Commmon buckthorn
  10. Glossy buckthorn

Top Forestry Invasive Species in Our AreaEOTF-Logo

  1. Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)

  2. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

  3. Thousand Cankers Disease

  4. Oak Wilt

NCCISMA – North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area covers six counties including Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford. NCCISMA has three main objectives: to educate the public on identification of invasive species and the threats they pose, to facilitate the inventory and mapping of the invasive species in our area, and to plan, strategize, and enable control measures for inventoried high-priority invasive species. One approach to invasive species control is through community tool cribs located at each of our partnering Conservation District offices. Tool cribs include herbiciding equipment available to the public for rent. This equipment is located at the Osceola-Lake CD office in Reed City. If you are interested in renting this equipment call 231-832-2950 Ext. 5 or stop in the office at 138 W. Upton Ave., Ste. 2, Reed City. To learn more about invasive species and which are considered high-priority species for the area, visit the NCCISMA webpage at For help with identifying, reporting, or controlling invasive species contact Vicki Sawicki (Program Coordinator) at (231) 429-5072 or


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