West Michigan Cluster

West Michigan Cluster

Service Area: Allegan, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties

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Description: The West MI Cluster (WMC) of The Stewardship Network formed in 2006. Representatives from environmental groups, municipalities, conservation districts, universities, county parks, state and federal governmental agencies and private landowners comprise the WMC. This diverse group is successful because we partner to carry out our common mission of managing, protecting and restoring natural lands and waters as we share responsibilities and resources.

Focus: The WMC facilitates a cooperative approach to advance the management of invasive plant species. Our formation of a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) with the US Forest Service means we can provide expanded services and programs related to invasive species. We have developed an Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) program. In 2013, the WMC started two Conservation District Strike Teams to help homeowners, municipalities, parks and preserves treat invasive plant species. Educational materials such as the Stamp Out Invasive Plants brochure and invasive species door hangers have been created to assist us in spreading the word.

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West Michigan Cluster Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the West Michigan Cluster? If so, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact the West Michigan Cluster Co-coordinators Ginny Wanty (Volunteer) and Mike Bruggink (Fen View Design) by email at: wmc@stewardshipnetwork.org

West Michigan Cluster Participating Organizations

Ada Township Parks and Recreation
Allegan Conservation District
Aquinas College-Biology Department
Blandford Nature Center
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve
Cascade Township
Fen View Design, LLC
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Gaines Township
GEI Consultants of Michigan, PC
Grand Valley State University
Howard Christensen Nature Center
Izaak Walton League - Dwight Lydell Chapter
Kent Conservation District
Kent County Parks
Land Conservancy of West Michigan
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - State Parks
Michigan Garden Clubs
Michigan Nature Association
Muskegon Conservation District
The Nature Conservancy - West MI Office
NIPP-Newaygo Invasive Plant project
North Country Trail Association
Ottawa County Conservation District
Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission
US Forest Service - Baldwin Ranger Station
Wild Ones - River City Grand Rapids Chapter
West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative/
Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience & Environmental Education Center