Eamonn Leonard eamonn.leonard@dnr.ga.gov GA DNR Wildlife Conservation
Alison McGee amcgee@tnc.org The Nature Conservancy
Tom Bliss tbliss@uga.edu UGA MAREX Skidaway
Candice Wyatt candice_smith@nps.gov National Park Service
Wayne Harris billy_harris@fws.gov US Fish and Wildlife Service
Mark McClellan mmclellan@gfc.state.ga.us Georgia Forestry Commission
Suzanne Van Parreren suzanne.vanparreren@dnr.ga.gov Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Jessica Warren jkwarren@uga.edu UGA Cooperative Ext
Yank Moore ymoore@jekyllisland.com Jekyll Island Authority
Scott Coleman scottc@littlessi.com Little St. Simon Island
Hope Moorer hmoorer@gaports.com Georgia Ports Authority
Carlton Chambers wcchambe@southernco.com Georgia Power
Tim Bonvechio tim.bonvechio@dnr.ga.gov GA DNR Fisheries
Michael Mock michael.mock@dnr.ga.gov GA DNR Coastal Resources Div.
Bryan Fluech fluech@uga.edu UGA MAREX Brunswick
Jeffrey Butler jbutler@dot.ga.gov Georgia DOT (Agronomist manager)









About the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area


A Georgia coast where "non-native invasive species" minimally impact the sustainability and resilience of ecological and economic systems


To implement a comprehensive, cooperative approach across boundaries to address the threats of "non-native invasive species" to the lands and waters within the Coastal Georgia CISMA. By addressing ocurrences,impacts, early detection/rapid response, education/outreach, and investigation of pathways for infestation.

Approach: The most cost-effective way to address invasive species is to prevent them from reaching the CISMA in the first place. If, despite prevention efforts, invasive species reach the CISMA, early detection programs can help locate and eradicate those invasive species before they become widely established. If invasive species elude early detection and establish and spread in the CISMA or are part of a previous invasion, control and management programs to monitor and minimize their negative impacts to the economy and environment will be necessary, but these efforts can be very costly. The sooner we act the more effective and less costly our efforts will be (adapted from the Indiana Invasive Species Task Force 2008).

Guiding principles

  1. Information exchange - best control methods, monitoring of effectiveness, environmentally conscience practices
  2. Resource sharing - staff time, equipment, etc.
  3. Education / Outreach (public and private) - sharing tools and technology, certifications, EDDMapS and USGS NAS users, volunteers
  4. Policy development (e.g. State noxious weed list, banned species from retail stores, etc.)
  5. Prioritizing sites/ efforts/ habitats/ species for the coast; treatment methods necessary for different habitats
  6. Integrated Pest Management strategies
  7. Identifying gaps (research needs, landowner training, infestation extent, public understanding, EDRR, control work)
  8. Fostering partnerships through coordination and collaboration
  9. Conserving and preserving native species and habitats
  10. Increasing the sustainability and resilience of coastal habitats/ecosystems

Annual Reports

Strategic Management Plan


The CoGA CISMA meets annually in a central location in the 11 county area. Public and private land managers within the 11 county area are welcomed and invited to attend. For more information, please contact the CoGA CISMA coordinator Eamonn Leonard at eamonn.leonard@dnr.ga.gov.