Invasive Plants of the Midwest: Plants that are not native to the Midwest, and which cause (or are likely to cause) harm to environmental, economic, and/or human health.

MIPN NEWS!

NEW! Herbicide Control Cards for Woody Invasive Plant Management. Check out these new information cards  each covering a different method of herbicide application to control woody invasive plants; cut-stump, basal bark, and hack-and-squirt. 

New MIPN Webinars! - Join us for our 2024 webinar series!. This year's series will focus on best management practices and success stories. We will be featuring expert presenters who will present on invasive knotweed, water chestnut, prescribed goat grazing, herbicide application 101, hybrid milfoil, invasive grasses, and more. If you missed any of MIPN's webinars, click here to View Recordings.

Thank you to all our 2024 Sponsors and Donors! A special thanks to our 2024 Sponsors the Invasive Species CentreWoody Warehouse NurseryHelena AgriMark M. Holeman, Inc, State of Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management, and to all our individual supporters! When you support MIPN, you support the prevention, early detection, and effective management of invasive species in the Midwest. Becoming a MIPN Sponsor is a great way to demonstrate your organization's commitment to healthy, sustainable natural environments! Make a gift to MIPN today! Want to know more about MIPN's activities over the last year? Download a copy of our 2023 Annual Report.

Results of our 2023 Emerging Midwest Invasives Survey73 invasive plants experts from across the entire MIPN region weighed in on which plants they consider high priority for early detection and rapid response. We have selected 12 plants to highlight this year based on the number of states that reported a species, how many times a species was named, and our professional expertise. Learn more and download a summary of the results.

Public Gardens as Sentinels of Invasive Plants (PGSIP) Resources: The PGSIP initiative has issued its first Plant Alert, highlighting Amur corktree. PGSIP is a network of public gardens pro-actively identifying non-native plants within their collections that are exhibiting invasive tendencies. We have also created a public data dashboard, so anyone interested in early detection can see the most commonly reported taxa in a given state or region. Watch our new video to learn more and find out how your garden or arboretum can participate.

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RESOURCES & EVENTS

Spring is garlic mustard management season and a great time to revisit MIPN's guide Garlic Mustard in the Midwest: An Overview for Managers. While managing this invasive plant, be sure to keep an eye out for garlic mustard aphids. Download a handy ID card and then use the guidance in this flier to report sightings to EDDMaps and help map the distribution of these aphids. Visit Holden Forests and Gardens to learn about their efforts to understand how these aphids may impact garlic mustard populations.

Invasive Plant List – This list of over 450 plants includes how each plant is categorized by each state/province in MIPN's region, as well as links to state/province plant lists and regulations. We are currently working on a 2024 update. 

Do you have questions about how to identify or control woody invasive plants? Or about how they are regulated? Visit the website for the Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative at woodyinvasives.org

Resources to Locate Native Plant and Ecological Service Providers in the Midwest Click here to access two directories intended to promote post-control revegetation with native plants. The directories were compiled by MIPN with support from the US Forest Service and are intended for CWMAs/CISMAs and other land managers. If your business would like to be added to our directory, please fill out our Google form.

Landscape Alternatives – This free mobile app is available for iOS and Android and provides alternatives for over 40 invasive plants found in the Great Lakes region. Search "Landscape Alternatives" in your app store to download. We also have a print version, with alternatives to 13 common invasive plants. 

Free Publications: Revegetating with Natives – MIPN worked with the USFS to develop two guides on revegetating with native plants to ward off invasives; one for homeowners and one for natural area managers. Download the pdfs free here or customize and co-brand these as outreach materials here.

UMISC 2024, November 12-14, Duluth, Minnesota – MIPN is once again partnering with the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin and the Minnesota Invasive Plant Advisory Council to host the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Registration and lodging rates are posted on the UMISC website. Registration opens in July. 

Ohio River Valley Invasive Species Conference: Save the date for this new conference, scheduled for March 19-20, 2025 in Burlington, Kentucky. MIPN will be hosting this event with the support of local partners in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please review our Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus.