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CISM Grant Programs

Research Grant Program and Reports

From 2001 to 2007, CISM offered a research grant program with three funding categories: seed money, improving invasive plant management decision making, and information synthesis and assessment. Over $650,000 was awarded to scientists in 22 states to initiate research in innovative directions and assist beginning researchers with developing their programs.

CWMA Grant Program and Reports

From 2002 to 2006, CISM offered a competitive grants program to CWMAs across the western US. A total of 98 projects were funded through the grants, which helped support management, mapping, education, and community outreach efforts by CWMAs.



Research and Collaborative Efforts

Spatial Modeling of Flowering Rush in the Columbia River Headwaters Project

In 2007, CISM partnered with Salish Kootenai College, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the University of Montana to develop a spatial model to help predict the biological potential of flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) in Flathead Lake, Montana. The project was completed in 2010.

National Network of Invasive Plant Centers

This network was designed to aggregate and coordinate existing regional information and expertise to efficiently develop and deliver comprehensive national programs and provide a clearinghouse for continuously evolving information such as best management practices, invasive species alerts, research findings, mapping efforts, and funding and training opportunities. It is comprised of six organizations: the Center for Invasive Species Management (Montana State University), California Invasive Plant Council, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (University of Florida), Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (University of Georgia), Midwest Invasive Plant Network, Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (University of Connecticut), and the Western IPM Center (University of California-Davis).

Missouri River Watershed Coalition

Since its inception in 2005, CISM has provided this six-state initiative with program management and coordination, and fiscal and grant management. In addition, CISM serves as projects leader, develops outreach products and tools, and maintains the MRWC website and listserv.

Plant Community and Soil Characteristics after Saltcedar Invasion and Treatment

This research project examined soil characteristics (specifically salt accumulation) of saltcedar-invaded sites, as well as knowledge of plant community recovery after treatment and removal of saltcedar. Project partners included CISM, Montana State University, and Treasure County (Montana) Weed District.



Online Learning Products and Materials

In collaboration with research scientists, CISM has developed and produced online learning products and materials to support natural resource managers and educators in expanding their knowledge of invasive plant ecology and management.


Inventory and Survey Methods Web Seminar Series

CISM developed and facilitated this series of six web seminars, which presented practical inventory and survey methods that were successfully applied over large areas, and provided guidance on selecting methods to best meet the objectives of an integrated pest management strategy. The web seminars were aired in January and February 2009.

Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand Training Website

Developed by CISM for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System and launched in 2008, this website provides a variety of information to help Refuge System volunteers and the public better understand invasive plants and assist in their management. Module topics include the invasion process, management methods, tips for giving presentations to refuge visitors, and much more. The work and experiences of volunteers are showcased first-hand. This website received a second place award from the National Association for Interpretation Multimedia Competition in 2008.

Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices Training Website

Developed by CISM for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System and launched in 2008, this website provides an introductory overview of science-based invasive plant management concepts and principles, and illustrates practices implemented by the Refuge System and other land management entities. The modules provide a basic foundation from which to build knowledge about invasive plant management.

Interactive Online Course in Ecologically-based Invasive Plant Management

From 2004-2007, this six-week interactive online course was offered to over 100 professional land managers. CISM and five weed ecologist instructors from three western universities developed a curriculum that offered a process for prioritizing management strategies. Course content is available through CIPM's online textbook.



Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings

CISM has organized and sponsored numerous conferences, workshops, and trainings to bring together scientists and practitioners to share information, build networks, and investigate innovate approaches to invasive plant management.


Strategic Management of Invasive Species in the Northwest United States Workshop

CISM coordinated this five-day workshop, funded by the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, which took place in Portland, Oregon, in May 2012. The primary goal of the workshop was to provide a comprehensive overview of invasive species issues and management strategies for natural resource personnel at Department of Defense installations across the northwest US.

Weeds Across Borders 2012

CISM assisted Mexico's federal ComisiĆ³n Nacional Para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO) with coordination and planning for the sixth conference in the biennial Weeds Across Borders series. The conference, held in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico in April 2012, brought together individuals from agencies, organizations, and universities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Weeds Across Borders 2010

CISM coordinated and facilitated the fifth conference in the biennial Weeds Across Borders series, which brought together individuals from agencies, organizations, and universities in Canada, Mexico, and the US with a common interest in sharing information and promoting weed management throughout the North American continent. It took place in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in June 2010. Download the WAB 2010 Proceedings.

Microbial Biological Control Symposium

This symposium brought together microbial ecologists, population biologists, microbial geneticists, conservation biologists, and sociologists to showcase the state of the science of microbial biological control, provide a balanced discussion on perceptions of risk, and identify strategies for improving public trust and support for microbial biological control. It took place in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in November and December 2010.

Strategic Management of Invasive Species in the Southwest United States Workshop

CISM coordinated this five-day workshop, funded by the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, which provided natural resource professionals with knowledge to more effectively manage invasive species on DoD installations and adjacent lands. It took place in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2009.

Cooperative Weed Management Area Conference

CISM coordinated this conference, which focused on CWMA funding and logistics, working with volunteers, early detection and rapid response, awareness and outreach, approaches to mapping, and state and national initiatives. It took place in Reno, Nevada in April 2008.

Farm Bill Workshop

This workshop, developed by CISM, brought together scientists to assess the state of the science relevant to Farm Bill conservation programs; consider implications for future management, and develop a list of recommendations. It took place in Bozeman, Montana in March 2007.

Tamarisk Research Conference

This conference was designed to bring tamarisk researchers together at a single venue to share their results with other scientists and western land managers so that future management efforts would be guided by state-of-the-art science. It took place in Fort Collins, Colorado in October 2006.

Gardiner Basin Restoration Workshop

The goal of this pilot project was to restore former agricultural fields with native plant species to benefit habitat for pronghorn antelope and other wildlife. The workshop led to a native vegetation restoration project in Yellowstone National Park. It took place in Gardiner, Montana in April 2005.



Publications

This list includes original publications produced by CISM as well as multi-author publications for which CISM staff edited manuscripts, compiled information, and contributed text and graphics.


Sportsman's Guide to Invasive Species

Developed by the Center for Invasive Species Management in conjunciton with the Missouri River Watershed Coalition, this booklet was designed to educate hunters and anglers about invasive species prevention.

Protect Our Nation's Public Lands

Developed by CISM for the Bureau of Land Management in 2012, this brochure includes information on the threats invasive and noxious weeds pose to our nation's public lands, as well as tips for prevention, and how to report sightings. Also available in Spanish.

Plant Invasions: Policies, Politics, and Practices: Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Weeds Across Borders Conference

CISM edited and published the Weeds Across Borders 2010 conference proceedings.

Protecting Wildlife Habitat: Sportsman's Guide to Noxious Weeds

Produced by the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council's Education Committee in conjunction with the Missouri River Watershed Coalition and CISM, this full-color booklet was created to inform sportsmen and women of all ages of the threat posed by invasive plants and includes tips on how to prevent the spread of weeds as well as a plant identification guide.

Leave No Weeds Hang Tag

This two-sided plastic card, in English and Spanish, offers tips to help outdoor recreations prevent the spread of invasive species. This product was originally produced in conjunction with the Weeds Across Borders 2010 conference and funded by the Bureau of Land Management.

Playing Smart Against Invasive Species

CISM provided support for the production of this documentary video, produced by the USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Program as part of the National Invasive Species Threat Campaign.

Rapport with Research: Facilitation of Native and Exotic Plant Spread

The Rapport with Research series featured summaries of projects conducted by recipients of CISM Research Grants. The August 2009 issue focused on a project funded by CISM in 2005 to study the effects of ungulate grazing on the spread of exotic and native plants.

Rapport with Research: Implications for Restoration

The Rapport with Research series featured summaries of projects conducted by recipients of CISM Research Grants. The April 2009 issue focused on a project funded by CISM in 2004 to study interactions between an exotic plant, native consumers, and native grass establishment.

Defending Favorite Places: How Hunters and Anglers Can Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

CISM provided support for the production of this documentary video, produced by the USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Program as part of the National Invasive Species Threat Campaign.

Rapport with Research: Model Weed Law Provisions

The Rapport with Research series featured summaries of projects conducted by recipients of CISM Research Grants. The November 2008 issue focused on a project funded by CISM in 2006 to study model weed law provisions for management of new invaders, rapid response, and cost-effective allocation of public resources.

Invasive Plants and the 2007 Farm Bill

This workshop, developed by CISM, brought together scientists to assess the state of the science relevant to Farm Bill conservation programs; consider implications for future management, and develop a list of recommendations. It took place in Bozeman, Montana in March 2007.

Inventory and Survey Methods for Nonindigenous Plant Species

This book provides practical information on inventory and survey methods for sites of any size, staffing level, or budget in order to improve the relevance and accuracy of a nonindigenous plant species management program. In early 2010, CISM hosted a series of six web seminars based on chapters from this book.

The Use of Fire as a Tool for Controlling Invasive Plants

The intent of this report was to capture the current state of knowledge on the use of fire to manage invasive plants in wildlands so that better information could facilitate improved decision making when considering the use of prescribed burning for the management of invasive plants.

The Role of Wildfire in the Establishment and Range Expansion of Nonnative Plant Species into Natural Areas

This booklet reviewed scientific literature on the response of nonnative plant species to wildfire.

Invasive Plant Resource Guide

This guide is a collection of materials designed to support invasive plant management and education efforts. It includes fact sheets, booklets, and handbooks developed by many agencies and organizations.

Invasive Plants of Range and Wildlands and Their Environmental, Economic, and Societal Impacts

This publication summarizes scientific literature regarding the economic, environmental, and societal issues to range and wildlands caused by 16 key invasive plants in the United States.

Fire as a Tool for Controlling Nonnative Invasive Plants

This booklet reviewed scientific literature on the intentional use of fire, alone or integrated with other methods, to control exotic plants in North America.

Western Weed Awareness Summit Proceedings
Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States

In this book, leading experts reviewed the discipline of biological control of invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants. Topics addressed include ecology, safety testing, nontarget impacts, and the processes of identifying, introducing, distributing, and monitoring biological control agents.

Invasive Plant Prevention Guidelines

This booklet offers practical techniques for preventing the invasion and establishment of invasive plants on roadsides and in natural areas.

Pocket Naturalist Guide to Invasive Plants of Western North America

Produced by CISM and Waterford Press, this handy, folding field guide contains drawings and descriptions to aid in the identification of invasive plants common to western North America.

Integrated Noxious Weed Management After Wildfires

This book, which was written with landowners and managers in mind, tells how to manage burned areas by enhancing desired species while eradicating or controlling noxious weeds.

Invasive Plant Management: CIPM Online Textbook

This comprehensive resource covers topics ranging from the ecological processes involved in plant invasions to monitoring weed populations.

Weed Pocket Guide

This handy field guide helps identify common weeds in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

After the Fire: Restore and Protect Our Western Ecosystems

This two-sided rack card identifies four weeds that are likely to invade burned areas.

Leafy Spurge Roll-Out

CISM developed this 17-foot long, life-size model of leafy spurge and its root system, printed on heavy-duty vinyl.