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* Early Detection Species Resource Page – We just 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.

2018 Membership – Now is a great time to renew or buy a new MIPN membership! For the first time, we are offering a 2-year membership option to make life a little easier. Sign up here and receive some great benefits!

Woody Invasive Collaborative – MIPN is thrilled to announce that we received a grant through the U.S. EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program to lead a regional conversation on woody invasive plants. We will also be working on new tools and resources related to controlling and preventing the spread of woody species. Find a full press release and more here.

Newsletter Archives – We have a new web archive of our member newsletters. We started with 2017, and will be adding more back issues over the weeks to come. Want to receive our latest? It's a benefit of membership!

Now on 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! We currently have two field guides, a “why should I care” informational pamphlet, and two “keep a lookout” fact sheets available. Remember, MIPN members receive a 10% discount on their pre-shipping order of MIPN publications!


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!

UMISC Call for Abstracts – MIPN is partnering with the Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin (IPAW), the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC), and, special this year, the National Association of Invasive Species Management (NAISMA) to bring you a joint UMISC/NAISMA conference on October 15 - 18, 2018, in Rochester, Minnesota. The program committee is accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations on a broad variety of invasive species topics. Visit the UMISC website to learn more. The deadline for abstracts is April 11, 2018.

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.