Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Midwest Invasive Plant Network Landscape Alternative APP

Do you get questions about which ornamental plant is considered invasive and what alternative plant options are?  If so MIPN has created a great resource for you. We call it the Landscape Alternatives brochure. Within the brochure are known invasive plants sold in the ornamental trade industry with alternative species (native and non-native) provided. 

This resource has actually been available for several years, and is also available as a mobile App for android and apple products. Recently we have updated this Application to include four additional invasive species (English ivy, Chinese silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis), porcelainberry, and callery pear) along with 36 recommended alternatives to these species.
To download the App please click on this link here!
The brochure can be purchased from the MIPN website www.mipn.org

Please share this FREE resource to other individuals to limit the purchase (and spread) of invasive plants throughout the midwestern United States!
Mark Renz (President MIPN)

Monday, April 06, 2015

Registration open for Illinois Invasive Species Symposium

Join us for the second annual Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM) Symposium at the University of Illinois Extension office, in Champaign, IL on Thursday, May 28th from 9:30 am to 4 pm. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening on the invasive species front throughout Illinois.  The event will feature talks about invasive species ranging from snake fungal disease and white-nose syndrome in bats to aquatic invasive plants.  For more information see the attached announcement.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (see below for details).  Please forward to this anyone that might be interested.

ISAM Illinois Invasive Species Symposium
May 28, 2015

University of Illinois Extension Office
801 N Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821 (Champaign County)

The Illinois Invasive Species Symposium is a one-day, all-taxa symposium that features talks on current and emerging issues surrounding invasive plants, diseases, insects, and animals in Illinois. Featured as the culmination of the 2015 Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month, the event also includes the ceremony for this year’s Invasive Species Awareness Month Awards.

This event is free to the public, but space is limited. Registration is preferred. Save your seat at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/event.cfm?UnitID=480&EventID=68615

Detailed directions can be found on the University of Illinois Unit 13 website: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/findus.html

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Stitlgrass range expansion - Now found in Iowa

from the Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Blog...
Last fall, an infestation of Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) was found in Johnson County Iowa.  This represents that first time this species has been found in that state and the furthest Northwest it has been found.
Even though stiltgrass is an annual plant that ‘comes on’ primarily in the summer, it can still be identified this time of year by the thatch...(more) 


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