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.


Public Gardens as Sentinels against Invasive Plants (PGSIP) Article in APGA's Public Garden Magazine Click here to view the article (starting on page 12 of the pdf file), co-authored by Clair Ryan, MIPN Coordinator; MIPN Board members Kurt Dreisilker and Theresa Culley, and Jessica Schuler of the New York Botanical Garden. The PGSIP project is developing guidance and a central database to allow public gardens and arboreta to share data and serve as early detectors of plants escaping cultivation before they become widely distributed.

Media Coverage page Click here to quickly find published articles about MIPN projects as well as those that reference or quote MIPN. We anticipate more to come later this year. This page can also be accessed through the Publications drop-down menu, accessible from any landing page.

Resources to Locate Native Plant and Ecological Service Providers in the Midwest Click here to access two new 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/PRISMs and other land managers.

UMISC 2018 Proceedings Now Available - Click here to locate and download your favorite presentations from UMISC 2018. This is also a great way to catch up on any speakers you missed. We hope that revisiting information from the conference will help propel your efforts in 2019 and beyond!

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.


*DATE & FORMAT CHANGE* UMISC 2020 - MIPN is working with co-hosts IPAW and MISAC to plan the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference as an online event, November 2-6, 2020. Registration will open on June 1. The call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations is open (deadline = June 19). Visit the conference website for more info here!

Invasive Species Virtual Office Hours - The Renz Lab at University of Wisconsin is hosting online office hours in Spring of 2020 on various invasive species topics. These are free and open to the public and are a great way to "ask an expert" all your burning invasive plant questions!

Invasive Plants of the Chicago Region ID videos – The Morton Arboretum has a new YouTube playlist featuring helpful invasive plant identification videos. We recommend subscribing because new videos are being added! We also have lots of other helpful ID tools linked on our education page

Land Manager's Guide to Developing an Invasive Plant Management Plan – This guidance document was prepared by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Pacific Southwest Region, Inventory and Monitoring Initiative, and the California Invasive Plant Council to assist in the planning process and focus limited resources toward the greatest conservation benefit wherever invasive plant management is necessary. View the pdf here

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!

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.

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!