The West Michigan Conservation Network (WMCN) receives funding to support its mission from a number of different grants including a Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development as well as funding from the United States Forest Service.
Additionally, revenue earned from WMCN workshops and events provides funds for WMCN educational materials and other special projects. There is not a membership fee to join the WMCN.
Following are the grants, present and past, that provide financial resources for our educational and invasives management work.
Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)-14
Award Date: May 2015
Grant Amount: $393,900
Funder: State of Michigan/Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program
Grant Title: Powering Up the West Michigan CISMA for NNIS Management
Description: The goal of this grant was to build capacity with a full-time coordinator as well as funding for strike teams to conduct surveys and treatments in West Michigan. This grant was the first large grant awarded to the CISMA and helped to fund strike teams in four counties for two years. In addition to surveys and treatments, outreach and education was a critical part of this grant.
Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program -16
Award Date: February 2017
Grant Amount: $333,963
Funder: Michigan Invasives Species Grant Program
Grant Title: Addressing Vectors and EDR Infestations in West Michigan
Description: The grant was a follow up to the 2014 MISGP grant with a goal of continuing to grow on the progress and success for that grant. This grant continued to fund a full-time coordinator and strike teams through-out the CISMA but with a focus on addressing pathways of spread.
Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) Forest Service Grants
Award Date: Various Grants
Grant Amount: $87,891
Funder: U.S. Forest Service (Federal)
Grant Title: Protecting and Restoring West Michigan Community Watersheds
Description: Over the years, the West Michigan CISMA has been awarded a total of four grants through this grant program. These grants have mostly been for building capacity as an organization to be better equipped to address invasive species in the region. The most recent of these grants was awarded in 2016 with a focus on addressing key invasive plants on both U.S. Forest Service properties and properties surrounding to prevent spread on these high-quality properties in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.
Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL)-The Nature Conservancy Subaward*
Award Date: June 2015
Grant Amount: $90,000
Funder: Sustain our Great Lakes
Grant Title: Early Detection/Rapid Response of Invasive Plant Species Along Eastern Lake Michigan
Description: The SOGL grant is a sub award from The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC was awarded a grant to address invasive species that are a high threat to Lake Michigan sand dunes along the whole coast of Western Lake Michigan. The West Michigan CISMA is responsible for surveying and treating at 16 parks across five counties. The parks are a mixture of State of Michigan, County, and City owned parks.
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid – Subaward of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Grant
Award Date: September 2017
Grant Amount: $600,000
Funder: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (Federal)
Grant Title: Early Detection and Response Treatments of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
Description: The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) was awarded a GRLI grant to address hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in West Michigan. For this project, the West Michigan CISMA will be carrying out surveys across the four counties that have positive identifications of HWA to determine the extent of the infestations. In addition to surveying, these staff will collect permissions for a contractor to follow up with treatments for these hemlock trees.
*Subaward – grant dollars awarded to another entity which is engaging the WMCN to perform work