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Invasives Initiative

Indiana Invasives Initiative

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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.

Select the image above to view or download a pdf of our CISMA brochure.

Select the image above to view or download a pdf of our CISMA brochure.

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  









what will this project deliver?

Project highlights

  • 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

  • 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





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


Y ou can view or download a PDF of the c urrent Regional Specialist service area map for the Indiana Invasives Initiative.

You can view or download a PDF of the current Regional Specialist service area map for the Indiana Invasives Initiative.

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 reach her at



Serving West Central Indiana


PO Box 124

New Goshen, IN 47863



Serving Northwest Indiana


211 E Drexel Pkwy

Rensselaer, IN 47978



Serving East Central Indiana


823 South Round Barn Rd, Suite 1

Richmond, IN 47374



Serving Central Indiana 


1931 Liberty Dr

Bloomington, IN 47403



Serving South Central Indiana


573 SE Main St

Paoli, IN 47454

check back soon!

As we make progress 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!