This is a list of CISMAs within the state of Wisconsin who are willing to help you out with your invasive plant needs.
Door County Invasive Species Team
If you are a Wisconsin CISMA (listed above) and you would like financial help to be able to attend an invasive plant outreach and education event, IPAW would like to will give you up to $200 annually to pay for your vendor/booth space. For more information and the application, please click here.
This is a listing of other regional and county groups and contacts for people working on invasive issues in different parts of Wisconsin. Most are not formal organizations, but groups of people working together on issues in their region. Some of them meet on a regular basis and have active projects, others are just getting started.
Blue Mounds Area Project
Brown County Invasive Plant Group
Cedar Lake Eradication and Control Project
Chambers Island Weed Management Group
Fond du Lac County Invasive Plant Group
Friends of Badfish Creek
Friends of Black River
Golden Sands RC&D
Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve
CISMAs are local organizations that bring together landowners and land managers to coordinate action and share expertise and resources to manage invasive species. CISMAs often function under the authority of a mutually developed Memorandum of Understanding or Cooperative Agreement and are governed by a steering committee. Together, CISMA partners develop a comprehensive invasive species management plan for their area. At the least, CISMA plans include invasive surveying and mapping components as well as plans for integrated invasive species management. More comprehensive plans may include education and training, early detection of new invaders, monitoring, revegetation, and annual evaluation and adaptation of the invasive species management plan.
Locally-driven CISMAs are especially effective at generating public interest in invasive species management and organizing community groups to support on-the-ground programs. In states that do not have a long history in or strong legislative mandate for invasive species management, newly forming CISMAs are building crucial grassroots support for statewide weed management programming.
A Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is a partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and various interested groups that manage noxious weeds or invasive plants in a defined area.
There are five characteristics of CISMAs:
The Midwest Invasive Plant Network's (MIPN's) Cooperative Weed Management Area resource page may also be of interest to you.