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ISAC raises awareness and slows the spread of invasive species in Dubois County
In 2015 several individuals and agencies came together, all concerned about the ever growing problem of invasive species in Dubois County. With help from Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM), we formed the Invasive Species Awareness Coalition of Dubois County or ISAC.
ISAC is a partnership also known as a CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area), made of concerned landowners, nature enthusiasts, public lands managers, and natural resource professionals. We focus on identification, public awareness, mapping and eradication of invasive species in Dubois County. Our activities include hosting invasive mapping/control volunteer workdays, booths at fairs and festivals, landowner trainings, and developing handouts to educate local citizens.
Contact us if you have any questions about local invasive species, or to join our email mailing list for updates on upcoming planning meetings and events. Our meetings are open to everyone and usually include an educational presentation on a specific invasive plant or management topic. You can also follow us on Facebook.
What are Invasive Species?
Invasive species are plants and animals not native to our area that negatively impact our environment, economy, and/or public health. While often brought here on purpose, for landscaping, erosion control, and other purposes, these invasives have since spread to to aggressively invade natural areas and out-compete beneficial native species. Some invasive species in Dubois County include Japanese Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, Emerald Ash Borer, Callery (Bradford) Pear, and Poison Hemlock. For more information, check out our Resources Page.
Check out photos from some of our events!
NEW! Japanese Barberry AlterNATIVES Handout
Check out our new handout on beautiful native alternatives to the invasive shrub Japanese Barberry.
As of April 2020, this invasive can no longer be sold in Indiana, but it is still widespread in existing landscaping plantings. Why not replace your barberry with a beautiful alterNATIVE today?!
If you know a local retailer selling these alternatives, let us know so we can help direct people there!
For more handouts visit our Resources Page.