The Missouri Invasive Plant Council (MoIP) advocates for making early detection and control of known and potential invasive plants a statewide priority.
What is the Missouri Invasive Plant Council?
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 several sectors of the Missouri economy and native biodiversity. The purpose of the task force—working as a united, supportive front—is to review, discuss, and recommend educational and regulatory action related to managing known and potential non-native invasive plants. 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.
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- To develop a list of key invasive plants and their assessment scores in order to focus efforts.
- To serve as a portal for invasive plant management in the state and contribute to regional and national efforts (such as the Midwest Invasive Plant Network).
- To develop recommendations to influence policy and strategies to influence action to manage invasive plants within Missouri and the Midwest region.
- To track and stop continued distribution of known and future invasive plants.
- To reach new audiences.
- To operate in a manner in keeping with funding and capacity.
- To determine geographic priority areas for invasive plant control, including education opportunities (high public use areas) and native biodiversity.
- To focus efforts in a unified front to impact things on the ground; establish priority geographic areas; facilitate agency cooperation and coordination.
2015 – Grow Native! meets with Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Natural Resources to discuss addressing invasive plant problems on the landscape. The Missouri Invasive and Exotic Plant Species Task Force is formed with members from landscape services, the horticultural industry, conservation groups, researchers, and government agencies.
2016 – moinvasives.org launches, with a goal to become a clearinghouse of information regarding invasive plant management for species of concern in the state of Missouri.
Group begins drafting list of plants and reviewers for Invasive Plant Assessment.
2017 – Group changes name to Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP). MoIP releases General Guidelines for Methods of Control.
2018 – MoIP releases first Invasive Plant Assessment of 142 plants. Working with the City of Columbia, members host a field day focused on Callery pear.
Mizzou Botanic Garden becomes the first to sign the Missouri Invasive Plant Pledge.
2019 – MoIP establishes Invasive Plant Action Award.
With Forest ReLeaf, MoIP runs Missouri’s first Callery pear buy-back program in St. Louis.
2020 – MoIP begins discussions with stakeholders regarding ceasing the sale of known invasive plants in Missouri.
Who We Are
MoIP Chair and Missouri Prairie Foundation Executive DirectorCarol Davit has worked for more than 20 years in the conservation and environmental fields in communications, development, administration, and leadership capacities. She has worked for private, nonprofit conservation groups and at the municipal and state government levels. She has been the editor of field guides and written on a wide variety of natural history and conservation topics for the Missouri Prairie Journal, the Missouri Conservationist, and other publications.
MoIP Vice-Chair and President of the Missouri Consulting Foresters AssociationMatt Arndt is a consulting forester and arborist, and is the owner of Matt’s Healthy Woods & Wildlife. He carries certifications from both the Society of American Foresters and the International Society of Arboriculture. In addition to his full-time forestry work, Matt also has side businesses in native seed production and custom web development. He has served as President of the Missouri Consulting Foresters Association since 2013, and is the vice-chair of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force. He also serves on the Natural Resources Subcommittee of the NRCS State Technical Committee, the Missouri Farm Bureau Forestry Advisory Committee, and the Cameron Park Board.
Contract Coordinator for the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force
Tina Casagrand has worked on contract to coordinate the Missouri Invasive Plant Council since 2016. With a background in environmental journalism, art, business, and leadership, she is passionate about the potential of peoples’ love for places to foster compassionate conservation values. When not working for MoIP, she edits communications for the North American Invasive Species Management Association and publishes The New Territory magazine.
MoIP Steering Committee Members:
Steering Committee Members have expertise in invasive plant science and/or management or have other experience, knowledge, or skills that are valuable to advance the mission of MoIP and carry out its objectives. Members are added by consensus of the existing member group.
Active MoIP Steering Committee members meet four times each year to develop strategies for addressing invasive plant species in the state of Missouri.
Dates for 2021 quarterly meetings: January 7, April 7, July 7, and October 7
- Bruce Schuette, Missouri Prairie Foundation
- Quinn Long, Missouri Botanical Garden Shaw Nature Reserve
- Alli Brown, Missouri Botanical Garden
- Reid Smeda, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
- Larry O’Donnell, Deep Roots KC
- Matt Arndt, Missouri Consulting Foresters Association
- Jim Ball, Missouri Walnut Council
- Hank Stelzer, University of Missouri School of Natural Resources
- Matt Kemna, Columbia Utilities/Right of Way
- Bill Ruppert, National Nursery Products, Grow Native!
MoIP Advisory Members
Government employees do not have “voting” power, but provide advisory information to the steering committee and Council and participate in informal conversation about invasive plant work.
- Lauren Pile, USDA Forest Service
- Christopher Pierce, USDA APHIS
- Brian Davidson, USDA Forest Service
- Joe Alley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Ann Koenig, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Community Forestry Council
- Malissa Briggler, Missouri Department of Conservation
- Roxie Campbell, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Rock Bridge State Park
- Nate Muenks, Missouri Department of Conservation
Cease the Sale Group
- Carol Davit
- Matt Arndt
- Malissa Briggler
- Bruce Schuette
- Bill Ruppert
- Roxie Campbell
- Susan Ehlenbeck
- Christopher Pierce