Where we serve
Our management area covers Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet counties. Northwest Michigan is home to many important habitat types, including glacially formed kettle lakes, rich wetlands, mixed hardwood, and conifer forests, jack pine barrens, winding moraines, coastal fens, and Great Lakes sand dunes.
This region also contains some of Michigan's best-known natural features. From the Manistee River to the Straits of Mackinac, the CAKE CISMA service area includes the 75-mile-long Elk River Chain of Lakes, the Sand Lakes Quiet Area, over 150 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, and the remote, pristine Beaver Island archipelago.
With these many diverse ecosystems at stake, it is critical that the spread of invasive species is cooperatively prevented and managed within the four-county area. This collaborative effort serves to promote human health, natural beauty, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities in Northern Lower Michigan.
We acknowledge the land we serve as the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg Tribal nations, ceded under the Treaty of Washington, signed in 1836. We also acknowledge the Tribal governments and their roles today in taking care of these lands.