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.
New Coordinator – MIPN’s new full-time coordinator began work in December of 2016. Check out our new coordinator’s profile, and feel free to get in touch to request training or information about MIPN membership, projects and resources.
New Host Partnership – Since its inception, MIPN has relied on partner organizations to host our staff and administer finances. In late 2015, MIPN forged a new host partnership with The Morton Arboretum, a world-class tree museum 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. MIPN and the Arboretum share many overlapping interests, including examination of the invasive potential of new ornamental introductions and the control of invasive plants in natural areas.
Updated Regional Invasive Plant List – Do you want to know what plants are considered invasive in your state? MIPN's compilation of Midwest invasive plant lists helps clarify the listing and legal status of invasive plants across our region. This spring, we updated the list to reflect new listings and legislative changes through June 2017.
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 of their pre-shipping order of MIPN publications!
Save the Date! UMISC 2018 – MIPN will be 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. UMISC 2018 will be in Rochester, MN on October 15 - 18, 2018, and the official save the date is here (jpg) and here (pdf) Please share with your colleagues and help make UMISC the largest North American invasive species conference for another edition!
Webinar Presentation on MIPN's Work with Green Industry - Two members of MIPN's board recently presented 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 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 if you are interested in 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 University of Cincinnati.