PARIS — Though many individuals are aware invasive species exist, many may not know what counts as an invasive species or how they can effect the local ecosystem.

Those questions and more will be answered during the Osceola-Lake and Mecosta Conservation Districts' annual meeting, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Paris Park Fish Hatchery. There is no charge to attend.

The specific presentation will last from 10 a.m. to noon, and three invasive species experts will talk about what invasives to watch for, how to identify them and what is being done to fight them.  Residents and landowners concerned about invasives on their property will be able to meet the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Coordinators who cover Osceola, Lake and Mecosta counties.

Other meeting highlights include:

n Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program Technicians will be on site to provide free nitrate and nitrite well water screening. Call either district office for specific instructions on obtaining a sample.

n District director elections will take place. There are two positions open in both conservation districts and two candidates running in both districts.

For more information contact the Osceola-Lake Conservation District at (231) 832-2950 or the Mecosta Conservation District office at (231) 796-0909 Ext. 3.