About the CISMA

Welcome! The Knox County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is a local, non-profit organization, whose mission is to minimize the impact of invasive plant species in Knox County by educating the public, monitoring and removing invasive plants, and promoting and protecting native plants.

The group was formed in 2014 to address invasive species in the county. In 2016, the Knox County SWCD hired Will Drews as a Natural Resource Specialist with coordinating the CISMA as one of the functions of his job. The Knox County CISMA holds monthly meetings and invasive species workdays. To get more information about the group, contact Will Drews at willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net.

In 2018, the Knox County CISMA officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The CISMA also elected its first officers:

  • President – Dave Deem
  • Vice President – Denise Egel
  • Treasurer – Dorothy McDowell
  • Secretary – Larry Sutterer

In Jan. 2019, the CISMA hosted its first Annual Meeting and reelected the 2018 officers to serve again for 2019. The officers were reelected in 2020 as well.

Besides officers, the CISMA just elected its first governing body, or steering committee, for the organization in 2019. The following community members are the first slate of steering committee members for the Knox County CISMA:

  • Gary Bowman
  • Lisa Bowman
  • Ray Chattin
  • Valerie Clingerman
  • Margaret Dalle-ave
  • Dave Deem
  • Dan Egel
  • Denise Egel
  • Terri King
  • Dorothy McDowell
  • Larry Sutterer
  • Linda Sutterer

In 2020, the group added Tricia Kasting, Ray McCormick, Tom Young to the steering committee bringing the total steering committee members to 15.

For the past two years, the CISMA has held a big community nature event called “Knox County Nature Days.” The theme for the inaugural event in 2017 was “Andre Michaux and the Beginning of Botany in Indiana.” In 2018 the theme was “Trees: the Good, the Bad, and Hope for the Future.” In 2019 the theme was “Pollinator Day: Butterflies & How to Attract Them.” The CISMA is planning to host this event annually, and the next Knox County Nature Days will be held on July, 25th, 2020 (time and location TBD).

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See calendar below for upcoming events!

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