New Story Map Documents Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program Accomplishments
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Since its inception in 2014, the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program has allocated over $18.5 million in grants to universities, non-profits, and units of government to prevent, detect, and manage invasive species in Michigan.
Now, you can see all 112 grant-funded projects in one place with the MISGP story map, a digital multimedia tool that allows you to explore efforts in your area and across the state to protect our forests, waters, and open spaces from the effects of invasive species. You can access the story map on the MISGP website at www.Michigan.gov/MISGP.
What's in the story map?
The story map tracks MISGP progress through program metrics and includes an interactive funding dashboard that allows users to cross-reference grant funding by project category, recipient type, and grant-to-match ratio.
Through MISGP funding, Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas now provide technical assistance to public and private landowners in every county of the state. CISMAs are groups of non-profit and government agencies, businesses, and volunteers working together to tackle invasive species in their regions. The story map is an easy way for users to explore local CISMA projects and access CISMA services.
Summaries of grant-supported studies on managing invasive species including Eurasian watermilfoil, phragmites, and oak wilt are available on the story map, with links to final project reports. Local and statewide prevention and outreach efforts also are featured, with easy access to project results.
The new story map highlights projects supported by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.
What is the MISGP?
The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Agriculture and Rural Development. Total program funding is set by the Legislature and the governor during the annual budget cycle.
Local, state, federal, and tribal units of government, nonprofit organizations, and universities may apply for funding through the MISGP to support invasive species projects conducted in Michigan. The request for proposals can be found at www.Michigan.gov/MISGP with proposals accepted Jul-Sep. This year, 2019 proposals were due by Sept. 3, and awards will be announced early 2020.
This article first appeared in the Fall Issue (Sep/Oct) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.