The Oakland County CISMA develops innovative strategies to facilitate landowners to control invasive plants

Oakland County’s Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is developing innovative methods to help landowners control invasive plants (IPs). Local government units (homeowner / riparian associations, townships, cities) may initially treat demonstration sites in highly visible natural areas. Interpretative signage with web links describe why and how to control IPs. Hands-on workshops teach homeowners small-scale treatment techniques. Volunteers or contractors inventory target species. Townships offer residents no-obligation quotes to treat their properties. Township or homeowner associations hire contractors, obtain MDEQ permits, and treat IPs. Townships partner with landowners and the road commission so one contractor cost effectively treats both sides of the property line. Using these methods, governments keep the process simple and justify using taxpayer funds to protect property values and public safety, as well as preserve ecosystems. Landowners need not apply for permits, prequalify contractors, mix herbicides, or learn to identify invasive plants or control methods.

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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 10:45am to 11:00am
Emily Cord-DuThinh
Oakland County CISMA
Emily Cord DuThinh earned a master’s degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College. Emily is a Certified Professional Geologist with eighteen years of experience in environmental consulting, remediating contaminated soil and ground water. She is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University and has taught students of all ages and abilities about environmental science, natural resource management, and other subjects. Emily serves on the board of directors for the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy and co-founded the Oakland Phragmites and Invasive Species Task Force. She is currently the chairperson of the Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA).
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