Scenic Rivers Invasive Species Partnership

a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) within southern Missouri

What is the SRISP?

Scenic Rivers Invasive Species Partnership logo depicting hills, a river, a sun, and a leaf.The Scenic Rivers Invasive Species Partnership (SRISP) was developed in 2018 to establish a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) within southern Missouri. A CISMA is partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and various interested groups that manage invasive species (or weeds) in a defined area. A Memorandum of Understanding was implemented by over twenty federal and state agencies, Non-Government Organizations, landowners and others to recognize the importance of working together across boundaries to address the threats invasive species pose to Missouri’s native ecosystems. In 2022, the SRISP became an officially registered 501(c)3 non-profite in Missouri.

Invasive plants pose serious threats to Missouri’s natural ecosystems, competing with native plants and animals, degrading habitats, soil and water quality, and threatening facets of the state’s economy that rely on healthy systems, including cattle and timber production. Invasive plants also impact many aspects of outdoor recreation, including fishing, hunting, tourism, water sports and other activities that are significant to the regional recreation economy. Each year, invasive species have over a $120 billion impact on the U.S. economy. The mission of the Scenic River Invasive Species Partnership (SRISP) is establishing a strong, cross-boundary public-private partnership that inventories, monitors, controls, and prevents the spread of invasive species for a nine-county area in the Southern Ozarks.

What are the SRISP Goals?

Partnerships

Develop and maintain diverse partnerships that represent private landowners, concerned citizens, federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, outdoor recreation groups, agricultural industry, universities, local businesses and government.

Impacts

Decrease the impacts of invasive species to native plant and animal communities, public and private lands and other natural communities, agricultural lands, and local economies.

Awareness

Increase awareness through outreach, education, and training.

Where is the SRISP?

The SRISP covers the three Nationally designated Wild and Scenic Riverways found in Missouri: The Eleven Point, Jack’s Ford, and Current Rivers. The SRISP covers nine counties that these river’s watersheds fall in, including Butler, Carter, Dent, Shannon, Reynolds, Ripley, Oregon, Howell & Texas.

Who is involved in this partnership?

  • Missouri Quail and Pheasants Forever
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Forest Service – Mark Twain National Forest
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • L-A-D Foundation
  • National Park Service – Ozark National Scenic Riverways
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Missouri Invasive Plant Council
  • Private Landowners
SRISP Area: scenic rivers watersheds shown in gray, with red outlining the following Missouri counties: Texas, Dent, Reynolds, Shannon, Howell, Carter, Oregon, Ripley, Butler

Projects in the works:

five people wearing casual and business casual clothes in a forest, standing behind a trail sign

Employees of the Mark Twain National Forest assisted SRISP Coordinator Valarie Repp with the installation of a sponsored NAISMA Boot Brush station on the Camp Five Trailhead on the Irish Wilderness. Pictured left to right: Erin Yeoman, Ed Sherman, Brian Davidson, Valarie Repp, Jonathan Breithaupt. Photo by Cody Norris, Mark Twain National Forest.

  • NAISMA and PlayCleanGo® Boot Brush station installations at trailheads found within the SRISP area.
  • Coordination with the MoDOT Invasive Species Strike team on right-of-way spraying within the SRISP, including major highway corridors such as highways 60, 63, and 65.
  • In coordination with MDC, targeted invasive species herbicide applications within tier one priority areas, such as Mahan’s Creek.
  • Educating partners on the use of The Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDSMapS) to record invasive species populations. All data is accessible to anyone, making the creation of target areas easier with multiple partners. The public is also able to use EDDMapS, making public bio-blitz days a huge asset for recording invasive populations.
  • And more to come!

How to get involved:

Follow our Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/SRISPCISMA

If you are interested in participating in volunteer events, please contact Valarie Repp at [email protected]. Some activities may include: pulling/cutting invasive species, conducting invasive species surveys, and assisting with other invasive efforts sponsored by SRISP partners.

Please feel free to contact Valarie with any questions regarding invasive species or invasive species removal from your property. There are several cost share options available, depending on property type and size. You can also contact your local NRCS office for information on these cost share programs, found here.