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 - Dec 2021* MIPN is hiring! The Midwest Invasive Plant Network is looking for a new Coordinator. It is truly a "Jack (or Jill) of all trades" position that allows for a lot of creativity. MIPN's office space is in Lisle, IL, but remote candidates within MIPN's geography will be considered. View the job description here and email application materials to The position is open until filled, but candidate review will begin in February 1, 2022.

Help us revise our field guide! Our popular Midwest invasive plant field guide is out of print. Help us figure out what design and content updates it needs by taking the brief six-question survey, which includes some page prototypes, here!

2021 Membership Drive: You can help MIPN enact its mission by becoming a member or renewing your membership. All the details are here!

Mystery Seeds: Check out our July 2020 special bulletin with links to jurisdictional resources for dealing with any unexpected deliveries of mystery seeds. No matter where you are, please don't open, plant, compost or trash the seeds as they have the potential to be invasive. 

WIGL is Here!!! After about a year and a half of work, MIPN is excited to launch the new website for the Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative at Do you have questions about how to identify or control woody invasive plants? Or about how they are regulated? Find your answers with WIGL.

Media Coverage page Click here to quickly find published articles about MIPN projects as well as those that reference or quote MIPN.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.

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 eNewsletter

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



*UPCOMING* - Stewardship Nework Conference, January 26-28, 2022, Online – To celebrate the15th Anniversary of The Stewardship Network's conference, keynote speakers from past years will be joining for three days of presentations, workshops, panels, virtual field trips, and networking opportunities. Join these important conversations from the comfort of your home or office. Click here for more info and registration.

*UPCOMING* - UMISC 2022, October 25-27, 2022, Green Bay Wisconsin – Please save the dates! UMISC 2022 is being planned as a hybrid event with an online attendance option. More details forthcoming at

*NEW - Nov. 2021* Updated CISMA/CWMA List – We finished a major update to our listing of Midwestern Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas and Cooperative Weed Management Areas. Check it out here

*NEW - Sept. 2021* Garlic Mustard in the Midwest: An Overview for Managers – MIPN recently synthesized recent garlic mustard research and used it to develop recommendations on how to prioritize management and whether/how to conduct large pull events. Download the PDF

*NEW - Aug. 2021* Landscape Alternatives App Version 2! – We just launched a majorupdate to our free mobile app, available for iOS and Android. View and share this flier with more information about the update, and search "Landscape Alternatives" in your app store to download/update. Bonus: We are hosting a webinar demo of the app on September 16, 2021 at 1pm Central. Register free here

*NEW - Aug. 2021* Invasive Plants of the Future Midwest page – In June we hosted a webinar to demonstrate new tools in EDDMapS that predict range shifts of terrestrial invasive plants and what they tell us about potential future invaders of the Midwest. The webinar recording is available here, and because this is such an important topic, we also put a lot of the information on a new webpage. Click here to check it out!

*NEW - June 2021* Woody Landscape Alternatives Brochure – We have a brand new brochure to help home and business owners choose beautiful alternatives to invasive trees, shrubs and woody vines. Download the pdf free here and learn more about how to order free copies for local distribution at the WIGL website

Free Publications: Revegetating with Natives – MIPN recently worked with USFS to develop two short guides for people looking to revegetate with native plants to ward off invasives; one for homeowners/gardeners and one for managers of larger natural areas. Download the pdfs free here or read about how you can customize and co-brand these as outreach materials here.