In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency included "Foundations for Invasive Species Collaborations" as a grant category for its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program. The stated goal of this category was to start projects focused on centralizing and sharing information related to specific invasive species (or groups of species), and on facilitating greater cooperation and collaboration between different stakeholder groups to improve control and/or spread prevention. MIPN developed a proposal to apply this approach to woody invasive plants, particularly those that were introduced, and in some cases are still in trade, through ornamental horticulture. In the fall of 2017, we learned that the project was funded. HOORAY!!!
As it develops, this Collaborative project will adopt its own distinct name and will be getting its own website. However, in the meantime, this will be the spot for project documents and updates.
Please see a full press release announcing the new project here (pdf). Feel free to download and forward to any applicable contacts!
Attending an event with an audience that would want to hear about this project? Download a single-page flier here.
Looking for more detail? Here's a "Cliff's notes" document describing the project's key goals and expected outcomes.
If you'd like to learn more or know for certain you'd like to be involved in stakeholder discussion on woody ornamental invasive plants in the Great Lakes Basin region, please get in touch!