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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.


Click on the image above to view a pdf of our CISMA brochure!

Click on the image above to view 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 https://www.mipn.org/cwma-resources/.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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. 


Contacts

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 dawn.slack@tnc.org


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REGIONAL SPECIALIST - AMBER SLAUGHTERBECK

Serving West Central Indiana

812-229-3539

amber@sicim.info

PO Box 124

New Goshen, IN 47863


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REGIONAL SPECIALIST - Erica LuChik

Serving Northwest Indiana

219-477-0252

erica@sicim.info

211 E Drexel Pkwy

Rensselaer, IN 47978




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REGIONAL SPECIALIST - Liz Yetter

Serving East Central Indiana

765-277-1415

liz@sicim.info

823 South Round Barn Rd, Suite 1

Richmond, IN 47374


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REGIONAL SPECIALIST - Mary Hallinan

Serving Central Indiana 

812-219-2683

mary@sicim.info

1931 Liberty Dr

Bloomington, IN 47403


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REGIONAL SPECIALIST - Kaila Knies

Serving South Central Indiana

812-631-7913

kaila@sicim.info

573 SE Main St

Paoli, IN 47454


Current Regional Specialist service area map for the Indiana Invasives Initiative


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!