Missouri Invasive Plant Council (MoIP) - to identify and control invasive plants

MoIP Invasive Plant Action Awards

The period for 2021 nominations is now closed: The deadline to submit nominations was June 15, 2021. We will begin accepting nominations for our 2022 Action Awards in spring 2022. Please direct questions to the MoIP contract coordinator at [email protected]

Announcing Our 2021 Invasive Plant Action Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 Invasive Plant Action Award recipients! Click here for our list of 2021 Invasive Plant Action Award Winners. Or, click here to read the press release announcement.


Award categories:

We will present one award in each category:

  • Individual Citizen or Organization – (e.g., a private landowner, a corporation, school, or other single entity that has demonstrated progress in reducing invasive plants over at least two years).
  • Individual Professional – (e.g., a natural resources professional who has demonstrated progress in reducing invasive plants over at least two years).
  • Group Collaborators – a collaborative network (e.g., homeowners, city park, school, business, institutions) working together to fight the spread of invasive plants in a particular geographic area.
  • Researchers – An individual or group of individuals who have published research on invasive plant management relevant to the ecology and agriculture of Missouri.

Our intention for the awards is for a MoIP representative to present the awards at  events of the winners’ choice (for example, a municipal or industry conference), so they may be honored in front of their peers and thus lead by example.

Requirements for Individuals and Group Collaborators:

  • Self-nomination is allowed.
  • 1-page narrative about the work of the individual, including a long-term invasive plant management plan(s), if applicable.
  • A letter of recommendation from a natural resources professional may be included.
  • We ask that the nominee(s) has/have been active in their leadership for two or more years.
  • For Group Collaborators, application describes work on multiple properties as part of a group
  • Evidence of a long-term invasive plant management plan
  • We ask that the nominee(s) has/have been active in their leadership for two or more years.

Requirements for Researchers:

  • 1-page description of the nominee’s research, including background, methods, results and discussion, and how this research applies to invasive plant control and management?
  • Link to published papers, if available.

Past Award Recipients

2019 Invasive Plant Action Award recipients

Individual: Mike Szydlowski, Columbia Public Schools K-12 Science Coordinator

Group Collaboration: The Southwest Missouri Hydrilla Working Group, a collaborative effort among representatives from City Utilities of Springfield, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources—Southwest Regional Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Pomme de Terre and Stockton Lake), Greene County, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, the James River Basin Partnership, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)

2020 Invasive Plant Action Award recipients

Individual Citizen: Jason Bryan and family, Boone County

Individual Professional: Roger Frazier, MDC Priority Habitat Coordinator

Group Collaboration: Jason Jensen, Jan Dellamano, Roger Frazier, Chris Rutledge, Mark Auffenberg, and Tony Jaco of MDC and MoDOT, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF). (MPF is excluded from the award, due to the nature of MoIP’s being housed under MPF’s Grow Native! program).