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Indiana Prairie Farmer Articles

Emily Anderson

NEW CISMA Project Page!

Emily Anderson


In 2018 SICIM is starting a brand new statewide project funded by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  This 5 year project will work to develop and support Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) across the state.  For more information, check out our CISMA Project Page.

Indiana Invasive Species Council Conference

Emily Anderson

The goal for this coming Indiana Invasive Species Council (IISC) biennial conference is to bring Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) and Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) together with other agencies and organizations that manage invasive species and strengthen existing focused and collaborative efforts, as well as, empower statewide grassroots actions for effective invasive species management. So, please join us and learn who’s doing what and why, new resources and tools and how we can, together, have a greater impact on invasive species management in Indiana and even in the Midwest.

For full details, or to register, go to

New Ailanthus research

Emily Anderson

New research is available on the impact of timber harvest and prescribed fire on the invasive species Ailanthus altissima.  

Check out the full article on the USFS website: Distribution and demographics of Ailanthus altissima in an oak forest landscape managed with timber harvesting and prescribed fire


Ailanthus altissima ((Mill.) Swingle, tree-of-heaven), an exotic invasive tree that is common throughout much of the eastern United States, can invade and expand dramatically when forests are disturbed. Anecdotal evidence suggests that fire facilitates its spread, but the relationship between fire and this prolific invasive tree is poorly understood. To better understand the impacts of fire on Ailanthus, we conducted studies at Tar Hollow State Forest in southeastern Ohio, where Ailanthus is widely distributed and where, since 2001, prescribed fire has been applied to 25% of the 3885-ha study area. Our objective was to gain a better understanding of how the distribution and abundance of Ailanthus is related to recent fires, harvesting activity, and site characteristics. We quantified the abundance and demography of Ailanthus, as well as prescribed fire, harvesting, aspect, slope, and available light, using a systematic grid (400 m) of sample plots (N = 267). From these data, we identified time since last timber harvest, not prescribed fire history, as the major driver of both Ailanthus seedling and tree presence and density. Two site factors, aspect index (a transformation of aspect) and photosynthetically active radiation, were also significant predictors of seedling presence or density. These findings to demonstrate that dormant-season prescribed fire has a limited impact on the distribution of Ailanthus within forested landscapes and that recent timber harvesting (within 20 years) is the primary predictor. Thus, care in harvesting to prevent soil disturbance and spread of Ailanthus seed is paramount when managing for this aggressive species.

Webcast - Early Detection and Rapid Response to Invasive Species

Emily Anderson

Join the Stewardship Network for their August monthly webcast on Early Detection and Rapid Response to Invasive Species.  They will talk with Amos Ziegler from the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) at Michigan State University.

August 9, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. at

This link will be active at 11:30 a.m.

Not Webcast Wednesday? That link will take you to the free replay archive where you can watch most of the 138 previous webcasts.

Invasive Forest Pests Early Detector Training Workshops

Emily Anderson

 Cliff Sadof, Purdue University professor of entomology and Purdue Extension pest management specialist, and Carrie Tauscher, state community and urban forester at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will lead three workshops on invasive forest pests that pose a significant threat to Indiana’s urban and rural forests.

Each workshop will include presentations on the biology, signs and symptoms, and management of invasive forest pests. Participants will also learn about technology used by citizen scientists to report these pests across the state. There will also be time for participants to ask questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Gardeners, professional foresters, concerned citizens and anyone interested in learning more about Indiana forest pests - including the emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid and the Asian Longhorned Beetle - are encouraged to register.

The workshops are free and open to all ages and levels of knowledge. Pesticide applicator CCHs, ISA CEUs, and SAF CFEs will be available. 

The workshop schedule:

* July 11, 6-8 p.m. EST at the Purdue Extension-Monroe County office, 3400 S. Walnut St., Bloomington.

* July 12, 6-8 p.m. EST at the Purdue Extension-Dearborn County office, 229 Main St., Aurora.

* July 13, 6-8 p.m. EST at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 802 Memorial Drive, Nashville.

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To sign up, go to:

For more information, contact Sara Stack at (765) 494-0822 or

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