Indiana Invasives Initiative
In late 2017, Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) entered into a contribution agreement for the purpose of developing local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) throughout Indiana. Both SICIM and the NRCS have been working for many years to combat invasive plants and raise public awareness of the devastation being caused by these non-native pests, and both have come to the realization that we will not begin to make much headway until the problem is addressed at the local level by local people using local resources.
What is a CISMA?
A CISMA is a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, also sometimes called a CWMA or Cooperative Weed Management Area. CISMAs/CWMAs are partnership organizations formed with the goal of managing invasive plants across jurisdictional and landownership boundaries. Partners can include county, state, and federal governmental agencies, non-profits, citizen groups, and others. By working together at the local level, CWMA/CISMA partners are able to pool resources and knowledge to address mutual invasive species problems. Through this project SICIM will be providing new CISMA resources and guidance. In the meantime, for more information on CISMAs go to https://www.mipn.org/cwma-resources/.
what will this project deliver?
- An organizational template and resources to help new CISMAs
- Public invasive species education events
- Private landowner invasive plant assessments
- One-on-one technical assistance to small landowners
- Professional trainings for Conservation Partnership staff
- The agreement is for 5 years.
- The project is supported by NRCS, SICIM, and various other grants, donations, and contributions
- Plans are to work with SWCDs and other conservation organizations to increase CISMA representation across the state, and help them find the resources they need to manage invasives in their areas
- Regional specialists will work around the state to help with this
- The project also aims to provide technical assistance to landowners, including invasive species property surveys and management plans
project coordinator - Dawn Slack
Dawn Slack works for The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, but also coordinates SICIM's Indiana Invasives Initiative. If you do not see a regional specialist listed for your area, or have general questions about the Initiative, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REgional specialist - Emily finch
Serving Southern Indiana
REgional Specialist - Amber Slaughterbeck
Serving West Central Indiana
PO Box 124
New Goshen, IN 47863
For more information...
For more information, or to support with SICIM with this project, you can also email the SICIM Secretary at email@example.com.
New CISMA Meetings!
As part of the Indiana Invasive Initiative, the regional specialists can work with interested counties to hold CISMA informational meetings and/or community Call-Out meetings. These meetings can provide an overview of local invasive problems and cover the basics of what a CISMA is and potential CISMA projects.
The goal of a call-out meeting is to gather input from the community on the following:
- What is currently being done to manage local invasive species.
- How could a new CISMA help and what should their priorities be.
- And finally, who is willing and able to help the new CISMA.
Upcoming New CISMA Meetings:
- July 24: Greene County
- Community Call Out followed by an Invasive ID Hike - Park gate fee waived for participants
- 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Shakamak State Park West Shelter House
- For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- August 7th & 14th Johnson County
- August 7th: 6pm at the Johnson County Public Library White River Branch
- August 14th: 6pm at the Franklin College Dietz Center for Professional Development
- RSVP to the Johnson SWCD office at 317-736-9540 x101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- August 23rd: Vigo County
- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the USU Office of Sustainability; 219 North 11th St Terre Haute, IN
- For questions, email email@example.com
If you are interested in having a CISMA call-out meeting in your area, or just a presentation on what a CISMA is and what it can do for your area, please contact one of our regional specialists or project coordinator listed above.
check back soon!
As we hire more regional specialists and start working on project goals we will use this space to share upcoming events, trainings, and contact information for other regions of the state, so check back soon!