About the Center for Invasive Species Management

The Center for Invasive Species Management closed its doors on June 30, 2015. We sincerely thank our numerous partners for their support over the years.

Mission: To promote ecologically sound management of invasive species in western North America by sponsoring research, conducting public education, and facilitating collaboration and communication among researchers, educators, policy makers, natural resource managers, and the concerned public.

It is widely accepted among natural resource managers that people must work together across jurisdictional lines to manage invasive species and maintain healthy, non-invaded ecosystems.

The Center for Invasive Species Management (CISM) was established in 2000 to build bridges between natural resource managers, scientists, educators, policy makers, and the public to accomplish this goal. CISM is housed within the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman, an 1862 Land Grant University.


Recognized nationally, CISM serves as a respected western regional hub for invasive species expertise with four objectives:

  1. Support and sponsor comprehensive invasive species research and implement timely technology transfer between natural resource managers and scientists;
  2. Serve as a regional science-based information clearinghouse;
  3. Provide a western regional voice for ecologically sound invasive species issues at the state and national levels; and
  4. Create hands-on education and outreach products and tools for natural resource managers and private citizens.

Working with state and federal agencies, Tribes, farmers, ranchers, the research community, Extension services, county weed districts, and conservation organizations over the past ten years, the Center has established strong partnerships in Montana, throughout the western region, and nationwide—which have helped promote broader awareness and progressive sustainable solutions to invasive species problems.

What We Do

  • Promote invasive species management research;
  • Develop online instructional and outreach materials for varied audiences;
  • Maintain a comprehensive website to serve as an information clearinghouse;
  • Publish brochures, books, fact sheets, and other technology transfer materials;
  • Sponsor, conduct, and facilitate workshops, trainings, conferences, and multi-state collaborations; and
  • Support community-based cooperative weed and invasive species management areas.

Collaborative Program