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.


*NEW* Welcome New 2019 Board Members! – MIPN is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Directors! Click here to read brief biographies on incoming directors Lauren Bell (Ontario), Emily Cook (Michigan), and Krista Lutzke (Wisconsin).

Invasive Plant Risk Assessment Page – Invasive plant risk assessment is a scientific and transparent way to determine which plant species should be listed, and in some cases regulated, as invasive. MIPN's regional invasive plant list reflects assessments done by invasive plant councils and advisory groups across the Midwest. Our new risk assessment page provides links to assessment methods and outcomes.

Early Detection Species Resource Page – We revamped our page. In addition to our own "Keep a Lookout" fliers and species fact sheets, we have linked to similar resources from partner organizations to help you identify, report, and, if necessary, remove the most recent invaders to our region.

Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes (WIGL) Collaborative – MIPN is busy on a project funded through the U.S. EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program to lead a regional conversation on woody invasive plants. We're working on new tools and resources related to controlling and preventing the spread of woody species and looking forward to sharing the results in 2019. Find a full press release and more here.

Newsletter Archives – Check out the web archive of our newsletters, from 2017 to present. We will be adding more back issues over time. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to our bimonthly eNewsletter

Social Media – Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest on invasive plants in the Midwest, including relevant events and news.


Buy Publications Online – MIPN’s publications are now available via The Morton Arboretum’s online store, so placing an order has never been easier! Remember, MIPN members receive a 10% discount on their pre-shipping order of MIPN publications!


*Coming Soon* UMISC 2018 Proceedings – It would have been impossible to catch all of the presentations at UMISC 2018, but soon you will be able to view and download PDF files for most talks. We'll keep you posted on the go-live date!

Aquatic Invasives & Look-Alike Guide – Our friends at The Morton Arboretum's herbarium recently compiled a new guide to aquatic plants of the Great Lakes Region, and their common non-invasive look-alikes. The guide is available as a free download in web or print quality on our education page.

Watch Anytime: Invaded Site Restoration Webinars – We completed a series of four webinars this winter focused on restoring sites that have been heavily invaded by problem plants. Click here for more information or check out the entire series on YouTube!

Webinar Presentation on MIPN's Work with Green Industry – Two members of MIPN's board recently made a presentation on our work with the green industry to develop cooperative strategies for reducing the spread of ornamental invasive plants. The webinar recording is available for viewing online.

Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) App Training – Check out this webinar to learn about new features to the GLEDN app, including the ability to create polygons for invasive species infestations and recording species not observed during surveys. Please contact the MIPN Coordinator to inquire about in-person training on the GLEDN app for your organization.

Ornamental Invasives/Invasive Plants in Trade – Check out MIPN’s video describing the threats posed by ornamental plants with invasive tendencies. The video highlights common buckthorn, Japanese barberry, winged burning bush, and Callery pear. For more information about Callery pear, watch this webinar presented by MIPN Board member and plant population biologist Dr. Theresa Culley of the University of Cincinnati.