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MoIP Invasive Plant Action Awards

Deadline: June 15, 2021

Do you know an individual or group who performs outstanding work related to controlling invasive plant species on property in Missouri? If so, please nominate them for an Invasive Plant Action Award!

Nominations are evaluated by members of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), a resource of the Grow Native! program and the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Awards announcements will be made at in-person or virtual events.

a few people cutting invasive plants among a winter woodland landscape
Honeysuckle Hack 2017, photo submitted by Jay Doty, Magnificent Missouri

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Award categories:

  1. Individual Citizen – (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)
  2. Individual Professional – (e.g., a natural resources professional who has demonstrated progress in reducing invasive plants over at least two years)
  3. Group Collaborators – a collaborative network (e.g., homeowners, city park, school, business) working together to fight the spread of invasive plants in a particular geographic area that includes multiple landowners.
  4. Researchers – An individual or group who has published research on invasive plant management.

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.

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Requirements for Individuals and Group Collaborators:

  • Self-nomination is allowed.
  • Nomination must be submitted by or include a recommendation letter from a natural resources professional (this may include Missouri Department of Conservation Private Land Conservationist, staff of other agencies who work with private landowners, private contractors, or professional staff working for the single landowner)
  • 1-page narrative about the “before and after” work of the collaboration or group
  • 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.

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To Nominate:

Use our online form: Nominate via Google Form.

Download & email form: Download and complete a Microsoft Word nomination form and email to [email protected] with the subject line “MoIP Awards Nomination 2021.” You may also download the PDF.

Deadline: Submit nominations by June 15, 2021.

Please direct questions to the MoIP contract coordinator at [email protected]

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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).