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.

West Michigan Cluster Events

West Michigan Cluster Initiatives

West Michigan Cluster Resources

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 (Kent County MSU Extension) and Mike Bruggink (Fen View Design) by email at: wmc@stewardshipnetwork.org

West Michigan Cluster Participating Organizations

Fen View Design

Michigan State University Extension

Ada Township Parks and Recreation

Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve

Cardno JFNew

Cascade Township

Dwight Lydell Chapter of Izaak Walton League

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Gaines Township

Grand Valley State University

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

The Nature Conservancy - West MI Office

Newaygo County Volunteers EDRR

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

Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience & Environmental Education Center