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.


**NEWLY PUBLISHED** 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.

**NEW** 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!

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.


**NEW** 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

NAISMA/NYISRI Joint Conference – September 30 - October 3, 2019, in Saratoga Springs, NY on the theme "Connecting Science to Action."  MIPN will be presenting as part of a special session entitled, "Public Gardens as Sentinels for Invasive Plants." More information about the conference here.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) Webinars – NISAW 2019 has passed, but you can still watch the webinars hosted by the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils 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!