GIBSON COUNTY — The regional specialist serving Gibson County is beginning to book landowner surveys for 2021 in regard to invasive species.

Kaila Knies also serves Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Washington, and Warrick.

Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management has worked alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to combat invasive plants and raise public awareness.

A release from SICIM states it is clear the problem of invasives must be addressed at the local level through local people using local resources.

SICIM and the NRCS signed an agreement to develop local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas throughout Indiana. Through the project, a team of six regional specialists employed by SICIM work at the county level with local conservation agencies to develop new CISMAs and provide technical assistance to landowners.

Free invasive plant surveys are included in that technical assistance.

The release states landowners may notice that non-native invasive plant species are overtaking their lands, crowding out native plants, and making it difficult for wildlife to thrive.

The regional specialist for their area will come to the property and identify invasive plant species, write a brush management plan, and give information on how to best control the invasive species specific to the property.

All social distancing protocols will be followed for the surveys. A survey can be scheduled by contacting Knies by email at kaila@sicim.info.

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