MIPN Mission Statement

Our mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest.



The formation of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network was initiated by about ninety people attending an Invasive Species Symposium hosted by the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) in October 2002. A second meeting was held at the Natural Areas Conference (NAC) in Madison, Wisconsin in September 2003 to further develop MIPN and create focus areas on green industry , Early Detection & Rapid Response, education, research, and fundraising.

MIPN includes a diverse group of participants and partners. With assistance from both federal and private funding sources, Purdue University currently hosts a paid staff position for the Coordinator of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network. Along with Purdue, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin DNR have played major roles in the leadership of this network. Other partners include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Iowa DNR, Illinois DNR, Federal Highway Administration, Chicago Botanic Garden, and a number of other state and local groups. Many of the participants at the 2002 CBG meeting, the 2003 NAC meeting and others representing a cross section of Midwest organizations have contributed in-kind service, and some have helped to provide funding. The states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin all have formal or informal non-native invasive species councils or groups. We plan to continue the expansion of our network by continuing to reach out to new potential partners. View MIPN's Strategic Plan


MIPN Board of Directors

Matt Bushman (liaison)
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Washburn, WI


Carmen Chapin (liaison)
National Park Service
Ashland, WI


Michael Daab
Champaign County Forest Preserve District
Mahomet, IL


Brian Davidson (liaison)
Mark Twain National Forest
Rolla, MO


Kurt Dreisilker
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL


Chris Evans
Illinois Wildlife Action Plan
Benton, IL


Rachel Gagnon
Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers
Peterborough, Ontario


David Gorden
Mark M. Holeman, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN


Bob Hartzler
Iowa State University, Extension Agronomy
Ames, IA


Chris Henze
Johnson County Secondary Road Department, Iowa City
Iowa City, IA


Christopher May
The Nature Conservancy
Lansing, MI


Tim Power
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
Roseville, MN


Ron Rathfon
Purdue University, Department of Forestry & Natural Resources
Dubois, IN


Mark Renz
Univeristy of Wisconsin
Madison, WI


Darcy Rutkowski 
Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council
Marquette, MI


Jan Schultz (liaison)
USDA Forest Service Eastern Region
Milwaukee, WI


Laura Van Riper
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
St. Paul, MN