SuAsCo CISMA

The SuAsCo CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) is a partnership of organizations that intend to manage and control invasive species defined by the geography of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) watershed. Thirty-six towns are part of the SuAsCo Watershed, and we are all connected by the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord river system. The watershed covers approximately 377 square miles and includes a variety of upland habitats, wetland habitats, historic sites, scenic sites and recreational areas. The towns, state and federal government agencies, and environmental organizations that hold land in the watershed all share an interest in the work of the CISMA.

Cisma Map

What are invasive species?

  • Any plant or animal that is not native to an area.
  • Able to reproduce without any natural checks on population growth and can out-compete native organisms.
  • Invasive species begin to fill the ecological roles of native species and in short order can entirely replace native species.

Wild and Scenic

In April 1999 Congress designated 29 miles of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers as Wild and Scenic for their outstanding ecology, history, scenery, recreation values, and place in American literature. The designated reach includes: the 14.9-mile segment of the Sudbury River beginning at the Danforth Street Bridge in Framingham, downstream to the Route 2 bridge in Concord, and the 1.7-mile segment of the Sudbury River from the Route 2 bridge downstream to its confluence with the Assabet River at Egg Rock; the 4.4-mile segment of the Assabet River beginning 1,000 feet downstream from the Damonmill Dam in West Concord, to its confluence with the Sudbury River at Egg Rock in Concord; and the 8-mile segment of the Concord River from Egg Rock at the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers downstream to the Route 3 bridge in Billerica.

Designating a river as “wild and scenic” does not halt use of a river; instead, the goal is to preserve the character of a river. Uses compatible with the management goals of a particular river are allowed; change is expected to happen. However, development must ensure the river’s free flow and protect its “outstandingly remarkable resources.” The intent of Congress was to create a national system of protected rivers that co-existed with use and appropriate development. Each river designation is different, and each management plan is unique. Over 156 rivers in the U.S. have been given the Wild and Scenic designation.

To learn more about Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the SuAsCo Watershed, please visit The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council.

Invasive Pests

  • Spotted Lanternfly: Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula or “SLF”) is an invasive insect first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014. It causes damage to trees and other woody plants by feeding on their sap. While the primary host plant of SLF is the invasive tree-of-heaven, researchers have found that it also targets grapevines, hops, and fruit trees, giving it the potential to become a serious agricultural pest.

Upcoming Events

Invasive Pull at Wolbach Farm

Thursday, July 7, 2022
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury MA
Join SVT Weed Warriors in pulling invasive species along the main trail at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury. Species being pulled will include burning bush, multiflora rose, and glossy buckthorn. REGISTER... Read more

Westford Weed Warrior Training

Saturday, July 9, 2022
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Laughton Farms, Westford MA
Westford Conservation Trust will be hosting a Weed Warrior Training at the Laughton Farms property in Westford. This training will focus on species new/not common throughout our region, including mile-a-minute,... Read more

Littleton Weed Warrior Training

Saturday, July 16, 2022
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Browns’ Woods, Littleton MA
Join Dominic Portelli, SVT AmeriCorps Member, and Amy Green, Littleton Conservation Agent, at Browns’ Woods in Littleton for this Weed Warrior training. The primary focus will be learning to identify... Read more

Bittersweet Root Excavation

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Smith Conservation Land, Littleton
Join SVT Weed Warriors for a Bittersweet Root Excavation event at Smith Conservation Land in Littleton! No experience necessary. This event is not recommended for those with a strong allergy... Read more

Nip the Knotweed at Gowing's Swamp

Thursday, July 28, 2022
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Gowing’s Swamp, Concord MA
Join SVT Weed Warriors to cut back Japanese Knotweed at Gowing's Swamp in Concord. No experience necessary! We will meet in the parking lot of Ripley Elementary School at 120... Read more

Recent News

Wild and Scenic River Community Grants

February 24, 2018

The Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council announces the availability of Wild and Scenic River Community Grants. The grants are intended to advance projects supporting and… Read more

New invasive added to Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG) listings

May 11, 2016

Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG) has added a new invasive species to their listings. MIPAG has designated hardy kiwi, Actinidia arguta, as Likely Invasive (PDF) Read more

Wall Street Journal article on dogs sniffing out invasive plants

July 16, 2015

“Forget Drugs, These Dogs Sniff Out a Different Kind of Evil Weed” Read more

Sudbury: Beetles released into wetlands devour nuisance weed

July 14, 2015

Article from the Metrowest Daily News on use of beetles to control purple loosestrife. Read more

PHOTOS: Audubon pulling water chestnuts in Sudbury

June 30, 2015

An article from the Metrowest Daily News. View Photos and Article Read more