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About

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.  

 
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Organizational Structure

SICIM is composed of a steering committee and four subcommittees staffed by dedicated volunteers from Central and Southern Indiana.  The Steering Committee meets bimonthly at the National Forest Office in Bedford or at another location in southern Indiana.  Subcommittees meet as needed.  At this time SICIM also employs multiple regional specialists as part of our Indiana Invasives Initiative.  

 

COMMITTEE CONTACTS

Organization Development – Chery Coon (ccoon@fs.fed.us)

Finance Committee – Troy Hinkle (troy.hinkle@in.nacdnet.net)

Communication Committee –Steve Cotter (cotters@bloomington.in.gov) 

Executive Committee – Ray Chattin (chattinryz@aol.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

Ray Chattin                                         2018

STEERING COMMITTEE 

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 

 

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; sicim.info@gmail.com, 812-653-5563


Local Support

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 sicim.info@gmail.com or 812-653-5563. 

Partial funding for SICIM is from USDA NRCS.  USDA and its partnering organizations are equal opportunity providers, employers, and lenders. 


contact us

sicim.info@gmail.com

812-653-5563

(Mailing Address Only)

1919 Steven Ave

Bedford, IN 47421


SICIM Staff

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

812-229-3539

amber@sicim.info

PO Box 124New Goshen, IN 47863

REGIONAL SPECIALIST - EMILY FINCH

Serving Southern Indiana

812-887-4378

emily@sicim.info