The Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CoGA CISMA) was established in March 2012 to work across Federal, State, Local, and private lands for invasive species management in Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty, Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Long, Wayne, Brantley & Charlton counties. The CoGA CISMA is the first geographically based CISMA formed in Georgia.
The CoGa CISMA covers approximately 3,900,000 acres with over 100 miles of coastline, with approximately 841,600 acres, or 22% of the land, considered to be conservation land and represents most of the area managed by our partner agencies. By focusing on the ecologically significant coastal landscape, CoGA CISMA strives to manage invasive species more effectively and increase early detection and rapid response efforts.
Thank you to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Pulling Together Initiative for awarding the CoGA CISMA with two $50,000 grants in 2013 and 2015. The 2013 grant helped kick start our CISMA, with funding for one co-coordinator, two Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns for 3 years, herbicides and supplies, brochure printing, and website establishment. The 2015 grant helped us extend our SCA internship program two more years, maintain our website, and establish a private landowner cost-share program. The Nature Conservancy and the GA DNR Nongame Conservation Section provided matching funds for this grant.
We would also like to thank TERN (The Environmental Resources Network) for providing three grants in 2013, 2014, and 2016 that funded the purchase of a box trailer, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, GPS units, safety equipment and other supplies, as well as longleaf pine seedlings for a restoration site.