A CISMA is a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, organized to contribute to the health of an ecosystem while working across ownership and jurisdictional boundaries.  The geography of a CISMA typically centers around a particular watershed, in which needs and actions are identified and invasive species work is coordinated with the resources at hand.

The Upper Connecticut CISMA focuses its attention on the headwaters of the Connecticut River, a watershed that includes land in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Canadian province of Quebec.  Partner organizations currently supporting the Upper Connecticut CISMA include the Silvio O. Conte Refuge, the White Mountain National Forest, The Nature Conservancy, state agencies from both Vermont and New Hampshire, universities and local schools, and recreational organizations like Trout Unlimited and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  A map of the CISMA boundaries is available.

A CISMA is intended to function as a grassroots organization, so meetings are open to the public and local input is welcome.  State and federal agencies focus on providing and coordinating resources, thus enabling community members to accomplish invasive species control work and awareness activities.