Members of MoIP have gathered resources, tools and guides that currently help identify, assess and manage invasive and exotic plant species.
MIPN’s mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest.
- A Field Guide to Invasive Plants of the Midwest The field guide includes color photos, identification information, a map showing range and relative abundance for each species in the region, and information on the ecological threat caused by each species. The species included are 36 of the most widespread and problematic invasive plants in the Midwest. This 68 page, spiral-bound field guide costs $4.00 each.
- Pocket Naturalist Guide to Invasive Plants of the Eastern U.S. This guide is a great tool for quick field identification. It is laminated to withstand field conditions, and it fits easily in your pocket or glove compartment. The guide includes descriptions of 69 invasive plants. Cost: $4.00.
- Why Should I Care about Invasive Plants? This colorful, photo-filled brochure outlines the impact of invasive plants on recreational activities throughout the Midwest. It provides basic information about common invaders and also includes common myths about invasive plants. This 23 page brochure costs $1.00 each. Play Clean Go (PCG) partners can find a pdf of this brochure with the PCG logo here.
- Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest is available as a printed foldout brochure or as a smart phone app. The publication offers non-invasive alternatives for ornamental invasive plants. It is written for gardeners and includes short descriptions of the alternatives listed. The brochures cost $0.50 each. The frequently updated app is free and is available as an Android or Apple iPhone or iPad download.
- CWMA Cookbook: A Recipe for Success The CWMA Cookbook is a how-to guide on how to develop and sustain a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) in the Eastern United States. The cookbook provides step-by-step instructions for organizing a new CWMA, in addition to general information on the benefits of CWMAs and a compilation of available funding opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a CWMA in your area and would like to order copies of the CWMA cookbook, please contact MIPN at [email protected].
- Keep a Lookout fliers: MIPN’s Keep a Lookout flyersare 1-page handouts that provide photos, range maps, and short descriptions of new plant invaders. See on their publications page.
A community-based partnership, The Open Space Council’s Operation Wild Lands (OWLs) prepares citizen volunteers of all ages to restore and maintain public lands throughout the St. Louis region. These trained volunteer land stewards assist with the proactive management of public open space to improve wildlife habitat and nature-related outdoor recreation.
The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was established by Executive Order (EO) 13112 to ensure that Federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient.
NISC members are the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies to provide high-level coordination on invasive species and is co-chaired by the Secretaries of Commerce, Agriculture, and the Interior.