Daviess-Martin CISMA met Jan. 28 at the Washington Carnegie Public Library.

In attendance were Kent Allison, Margaret Allison, Marion Mason (Hoosier NF), Julie Lancaster (Purdue Extension master gardener intern), Sally Christie (DC SWCD), Karen Whorrall, Emily Jacob (INDNR), Rob Sullender (DNR – Glendale FWA), Kalli Dunn (DNR – Glendale FWA), Ken O’Connor, Randall Sparks (master gardener), Hilda Sparks (master gardener), Jameson Hibbs (West Boggs Park), Joshua Kush (DNR – Martin SF) and Emily Finch (SWCD).

The Indiana CISMA Conference is set to take place March 2 in Hamilton County.

SICIM Regional Invasive Training is tentatively set for June 18 and right now it is looking like it will be located near Newburgh (Warrick Co).

Dubois SWCD Annual Meeting is Feb 4: Finch will speak on how to make the most of invasive species management and she provided fliers for anyone interested in RSVPing.

Winter Invasive Plant ID PowerPoint was presented by Finch, showing pictures of several invasive plants in winter (including vines, biennials, shrubs, and one tree).

Marion Mason shared a factsheet on mulberry weed (Fatoua villosa), a new annual invasive weed recently found by the Hoosier NF near Morgan Ridge. A fact sheet can be found at https://www.invasive.org/weedcd/pdfs/mulberry.pdf.

Finch explained that ISAC of Dubois County (their CISMA) will be using about $1,500 from the SWCD’s CWI funds to have three billboards put up in spring highlighting the invasive burning bush. In past years they have done Callery pear “Pretty Awful” billboards. Their new billboard is still being designed, but will include the tagline “Breakup with your burning bush.”

Finch asked if Daviess-Martin would also like to have one or more billboards put up using CWI grant funds. The group liked the idea, and agreed it was a good idea to focus on a specific species to raise awareness, plus it would cut down on costs to use the same Burning Bush design.

Marion has reserved a booth space for CISMA at the Washington Garden Expo on Feb. 29.

The next meeting is Feb. 25, 10 a.m. in Martin County.

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