Who are we?
SICIM, formally known as the Southern Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Area (SICWMA), was officially incorporated on August 12, 2008. Several non-profit groups saw a need to create a CWMA for Southern Indiana. A number of public meetings across the area were held to gauge interest and set direction. The consensus of these meetings was that a CWMA for Southern Indiana would be valuable and important – and that we should continue efforts to formalize a coalition.
Since then, many CWMAs have transitioned to the newer term CISMAs, or Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, and began expanding to focus on a variety of invasive plant and animal species. These groups are being formed across the U.S. as landowners, private groups and government agencies look for more effective ways to limit the growing economic and environmental damage caused by Invasive Species. Most CISMAs are coalitions of private and public organizations – sharing knowledge, people and other resources in an effort to improve public education, prevention and eradication/containment programs across a given geographic area.
In recent years, SICIM's goal has been to support the formation of local CISMAs within our 35 county region, most covering a single county (see our CISMAs & Funding section). Starting in 2018, this effort also led to the development of our Indiana Invasives Initiative, where we are working with USDA-NRCS to create CISMAs across all of Indiana.
SICIM is composed of four committees staffed by dedicated volunteers from Central and Southern Indiana. Committees meet regularly at the National Forest Offices in Bedford, but many members support the organization from a distance. At this time there is no full time staff employed by SICIM, and the organization is being run by volunteers.
Organization Development – Chery Coon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finance Committee – Allison Shoaf (email@example.com)
Communication Committee –Steve Cotter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Executive Committee – Ray Chattin (email@example.com)
List of SICWMA/SICIM Chairs
Tom Tremain 2008
Tom Tremain 2009
Tom Tremain 2010
Tom Tremain 2011
Tom Tremain 2012
Janet Eger 2013
Beth Mizell 2014
Ray Chattin 2015
Steve Cotter 2016
Steve Cotter 2017
Steve Cotter/Ray Chattin 2018
Ray Chattin, Chair, IN Assoc. of SWCDs, Knox County SWCD
Will Drews, Vice Chair, Knox County SWCD, Know County CISMA
Allison Shoaf, Treasurer, Brown County SWCD, BCNWP Board
Teena Ligman, Secretary, Lawrence County KIC
Steve Cotter, Member, Bloomington Parks and Recreation Manager
Cheryl R. Coon, Member, Hoosier National Forest-Botanist
Troy Hinkle, Member, Knox County SWCD
Jason Larson, Member, IDNR - Division of Nature Preserves - Regional Ecologist
Mike Warner, Member, Arbor Terra Consulting
Abby Irwin, Member, IDNR - District Forester
Janet Eger, Member, IDNR - District Forester
SICIM is looking for any new members to our Steering Committee or subcommittees. If you are interested, or would like to attend a meeting, please contact us and we will send you the details; firstname.lastname@example.org, 812-653-5563
Given the large area SICIM covers, local and regional partners provide the best knowledge and resources for the control and management of invasive species. In many cases, local partners are existing organizations with landholdings in the area, or volunteer organizations with special interests in certain landscapes or species. In other cases, SICIM helps organize new groups to address invasive species in a local area. SICIM fosters cooperation and sharing of resources among our many partners organizations.
Check back for an updated list of SICIM partners and supporters. If your organization/agency is interested in joining the SICIM partnership, we invite you to contact us for more information at email@example.com or 812-653-5563.
(Mailing Address Only)
1919 Steven Ave
Bedford, IN 47421
SICIM currently employs Regional Specialists as part of our Indiana Invasives Initiative. The primary goal of these specialists is to assist current or developing CISMAs. They also can conduct invasive species education/outreach programs and landowner technical assistance as time and distance allows. We will be hiring additional staff soon for the northern part of the state. Until then, for more information on this project visit our Indiana Invasives Initiative page.
REGIONAL SPECIALIST - AMBER SLAUGHTERBECK
Serving West Central Indiana
PO Box 124New Goshen, IN 47863
REGIONAL SPECIALIST - EMILY FINCH
Serving Southern Indiana