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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.
 
CWMAs 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 CWMAs 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.

 
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Organizational Structure

SICIM is composed of five 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.

 

COMMITTEE CONTACTS

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

Project Committee – Jason Larson (jlarson@dnr.in.gov)

Finance Committee – Allison Shoaf (allison-shoaf@iaswcd.org)

Communication Committee –Ray Chattin (chattinryz@aol.com)

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

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

STEERING COMMITTEE 

Steve Cotter, Chair, Bloomington Parks and Recreation Manager

David Savage, Vice Chair, INPAWS Board, BCNWP Board

Allison Shoaf, Treasurer, Brown County SWCD, BCNWP Board

Will Drews, Secretary, Knox County SWCD, Know County CWMA

Cheryl R. Coon, Member, Hoosier National Forest-Botanist

Troy Hinkle, Member, Knox County SWCD

Jason Larson, Member, DNR - Division of Nature Preserves - Regional Ecologist

Larry Caplan, Member, Purdue University-Extension Service

Jamie Renner, Member, INDOT Operations Manager, Seymour District

Darrell Breedlove, Member, IDNR - District Forester, Selmier State Forest

Dawn Slack, Member, TNC, IPAC

Emily Anderson, Member


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. 


contact us

sicim.info@gmail.com

812-653-5563

(Mailing Address Only)

1919 Steven Ave

Bedford, IN 47421