Wisconsin Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs)

IPAW as an umbrella organizationCISMAs are local or regional 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.

Attention Wisconsin CISMAs!

If you are a Wisconsin CISMA (listed below) 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/IPAW co-sponsored or co-hosted event. Download our application for more information and to apply.

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) Cooperative Weed Management Area resource page may also be of interest to you.


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Five Characteristics of CISMAs

CISMA Planning


Five Characteristics of CISMAs:
    • A defined geographical area distinguished by a common geography, invasive species problem, community, climate, political boundary or land use;
    • An involvement or representation of the majority of landowners and natural resource managers in the defined area;
    • A steering committee;
    • A commitment to cooperation; and
    • A comprehensive plan that addresses the management of prevention of one or more noxious weeds or invasive plants.
CISMA Planning

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, re-vegetation 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.

Wisconsin CISMAs

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.

Here is a list of CISMAs within the state of Wisconsin who are willing to help you out with your invasive plant needs. The map above shows you where they are located within the state. You can also browse an interactive map to see where these and other CISMAs are located.

Group Name Counties Contact Phone Number
Central Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (CWIP) Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waushara, Wood Jacob Fluur 715-343-6215 ext 713
Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) Door Sam Koyen 920-746-2363
Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LISMA) Calumet, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc Jake Divine
Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership (LCIP) Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce
Monroe County Invasive Species Working Group (MCISWG) Monroe Clint Gilman 608-387-0782
Northeast Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (NEWIP) Brown, Outagamie, Waupaca, Winnebago, Oneida Nation Jacob Fluur 715-343-6215 ext 713
Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area (NCWMA) Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron Ramona Shackleford 715-373-6167
Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium (SEWISC) Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha Jill Hapner
South Central Invasives Partnership (SCIP) Dane, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Sauk Heather Hasenstein 608-437-7707
St. Croix – Red Cedar Cooperative Weed Management Area Barron, Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Washburn Maria Young 715-483-3300
Timberland Invasives Partnership (TIP) Langlade, Menominee, Oconto, Shawano, as well as the Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee Tribes Abby Vogt 715-799-5710 ext 3
Upper Chippewa Invasive Species Partnership Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor Brent Tessmer 715-748-1469
Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) Florence, Forest, Marinette – Wisconsin
Dickinson, Menominee – Michigan
Lindsay Peterson 906-774-1550 ext 102
Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP) Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas Rosie Page 313-590-4419

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