West Michigan Cluster

West Michigan Cluster

The West Michigan (WMC) of The Stewardship Network was formed in 2006 by The Nature Conservancy and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. Representatives from environmental groups, municipalities, conservation districts, county parks, state and federal government agencies and private landowners comprise the WMC. This diverse group is successful because we partner together to carry out our common mission, as we share responsibilities, and resources.

The WMC's goal is to teach people how to be better stewards of the land and water. We work in partnership with nature to preserve and restore original landscapes so future generations may enjoy the beauty of our natural heritage.

Our main focus in WMC is invasive plant species; specifically, our development of Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) program. Our emphasis is on oriental bittersweet, pale or black swallow-wort and Japanese knotweed. Our next step is the formation of a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) with the US Forest Service to provide expanded services and programs for invasive species.

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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
Dwight Lydell Chapter of Izaak Walton League
Fen View Design
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Gaines Township
GEI Consultants of Michigan, PC
Grand Valley State University
Groundswell
Howard Christensen Nature Center
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