MI Paddle Stewards are volunteers who assist local water trails with identifying and reporting Aquatic Invasive Species. Paddle Antrim is pleased to be a part of this program, working with local paddlers to help protect the Chain of Lakes Water Trails.
While in person classes are not an option this year, we are so glad that MI Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension is offering a new self-paced, online program for MI Paddle Stewards. Participants will learn about important invasive species, how to properly clean a watercraft, and how to report invasive species. Paddlers will learn to use the MISIN (Midwest Invasive Species Information Network) app, a reporting tool used by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and others to locate invasive species of concern. This program is funded by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (www.michigan.gov/invasives).
Registration is open for the online course now, which features six short sessions and costs $20. Participants who complete the class will receive a certificate, bucket hat, towel, waterproof phone case, dry bag, and more (The class is free if participants choose to not receive the items). Participants must complete the six sessions by December 31, 2020.
Registration information can be found at https://bit.ly/paddlestewards.
CAKE CISMA is to protect the natural resources, economy, and human health through collaborative outreach and management of invasive species, covering Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet Counties.