Invasive species can sometimes seem like an overwhelming problem, but you can help! Browse this page to learn about ways to get involved as a Landowner, Land Manager, or Organization. Together we can tackle invasives in Southern Indiana.
Show your hoosier roots - stay native, not invasive
SICIM has compiled this toolkit to provide landowners with the resources you need to identify invasive species threats, determine what options are effective to control them, and find assistance for control efforts. Check it out on our Landowner Toolkit Page.
Go green, go native!
An estimated 86% of invasive woody species, species like Asian Bush Honeysuckle, Privet, and Burning Bush, come from landscape plantings.
MC-IRIS (Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species) has begun the Go Green, Grow Native project in an effort to promote the sale of native plants as well as reduce the sale of invasive plant species. In an effort to assist consumers make more ecological landscaping choices, MC-IRIS is providing local retailers selling native plants with "Go Green, Grow Native!" signs, plant stakes, and stickers to identify the native species that they have for sale. [Go Green, Grow Native]
In addition to selling native plants, some retailers are going "invasive free" and agreeing not to sell any of the invasive horticultural plants on the list created by the Indiana Invasive Plant List. Keep your eye out for the Go Green, Grow Native! logo at Monroe County plant retailers to insure you are purchasing plants native to Indiana.
For more information about the Go Green, Grown Native! Project, contact: Ellen Jacquart
Go Green, Grow Native!
Phone: (317) 951-8818
FAX: (317) 917-2478
You can help invasive managers in your area and across the state by reporting invasive plants when you find them! Indiana has partnered with EddMaps to allow Hoosiers to report invasives online or via their smartphone. You can also browse their website or app to view distribution maps, photos, and other information on area invasives. Click the link below for more information:
Cooperative invasives management
If you're looking to help address the problems of invasive species beyond your own property, consider joining or forming a local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) or as they used to be called, a CWMA, Cooperative Weed Management Area. CISMAs, are partnerships that can include federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and other interested groups that manage noxious weeds or invasive plants in a specific area (such as county).
CISMAs include local citizens, city, county, state, tribal and federal leaders, and both nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations to more effectively control invasive plants across property lines. Some CISMAs have been started by government agencies taking a larger, region-wide approach to invasive plant management, while others have been formed by concerned citizens partnering with agencies, organizations, and corporations that can provide additional resources. No matter where the impetus comes from to start a CISMA, the goal is the same: to work together with all interested parties in the area for more effective invasive plant management.
SICIM is currently supporting the formation of smaller, county-level CISMAs in our area. For more information, visit our CISMA Resources Page.
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