About the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

The Nature Conservancy received funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) Legacy Program to initiate a CISMA in the Western Panhandle of Florida, and organized the inaugural meeting of The Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, formerly known as the Northwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NWFL CISMA) on October 14th, 2009. The meeting was attended by representatives from 19 agencies and local governments. The representatives voted on CISMA boundaries which include Escambia County, Holmes County, Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Walton County, and Washington County. Attendees identified a number of benefits of developing a CISMA in the region, including: the ability to assess problems on a landscape scale; allow for treatment across property boundaries; cooperate in invasive species treatments; cooperate in leveraging funding; assist private landowners in removing invasive species; reduce the high maintenance cost caused by invasive species reinfestations; identify research ideas and leverage research funding; expand public awareness of invasive species; provide agency invasive species points of contacts; and provide knowledge of what agencies are doing to manage invasive species.

2011 Workplan

Steering and Subcommittee Members

Steering Committee


Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR)


Monitoring, Mapping and Applied Research

Outreach, Training and Strategic Collaboration


Past meeting minutes

Meeting Minutes - July 21st, 2011

Meeting Minutes - March 8th, 2011

Meeting Minutes - October 21st, 2010

Meeting Minutes - May 11th, 2010 - 5 Year Strategic Plan

Meeting Minutes - February 23rd, 2010

Meeting Minutes - October 14th, 2009 - GCPEP Overview