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?
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
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 email@example.com.
REgional specialist - Emily finch
Serving Southern Indiana
REgional Specialist - Amber Slaughterbeck
Serving West Central Indiana
PO Box 124
New Goshen, IN 47863
REgional Specialist - Erica luchik
Serving Northwest Indiana
211 E Drexel Pkwy
Rensselaer, IN 47978
REgional Specialist - Liz Yetter
Serving East Central Indiana
823 South Round Barn Rd., Suite 1
Richmond, IN 47374
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!