About the Missouri Exotic Invasive Plant Species Task Force (MIEPSTF)
In 2015, Grow Native! spearheaded this multi-agency, multi-industry networking and advocacy group to bolster statewide efforts to identify and control the invasive plant species that severely impact native biodiversity. Representatives from the fields of conservation, agriculture, botanical science, ecological services, plant production, horticulture, landscape services and design, and arboriculture make up the task force.
The task force is housed and administered by Grow Native!
, a native plant education and marketing program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation
. The purpose of the task force is to review, discuss, and recommend educational and regulatory action related to managing non-native invasive plant species that negatively impact Missouri’s natural communities and built landscapes. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) provide technical information. The vision is to ultimately transition this Task Force to a permanent Missouri Invasive Exotic Plant Species Council.