The Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) is a cooperative weed management area (CWMA), a regional organization that brings together all interested landowners, land managers (private, city, county, state, and federal), non-profits, private entities, industry, special districts, and the public in the northeastern Illinois region for the purpose of coordinating and combining their resources, expertise, and activities for more efficient and effective management of invasive plant species across jurisdictional boundaries.
Our mission is to prevent and control new plant invasions, control and manage current invasions, support informed management decisions, and raise public awareness concerning the threat posed by invasive plants. Our goal is to minimize the adverse impacts invasive plants have on our open lands and waters in northeast Illinois, especially on native habitats and their native plants and wildlife.
Our geographic range covers 18 counties in northeastern Illinois. If your organization or agency is located within this region (map link here) and you are interested in learning more about NIIPP, please take a moment to explore our website.
We are encouraging gardeners to make informed choices about what they will be planting this fall and next spring – please have a look at our Green Industry Education and Outreach page. Because many of the most dominant invasive plants in this region were once ornamental plants (e.g. common buckthorn, autumn olive, bush honeysuckle) we are working to prevent the next round of ornamental plant invasions. As part of the Illinois Invasive Plant Council we will be proposing and reviewing species for regulation. In addition, we helped to organize a symposium and working group focused on invasive ornamental plants that has moved the conversation between conservation and green industry forward. The presentations can be viewed here.
We’ve completed our third year participating in the USDA Forest Service Garlic Mustard Challenge and Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month! We now have a regional phenology and treatment calendar available for download. In collaboration with IL-IN Sea Grant we have had a successful third season of aquatic invasive species education and outreach via the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Clean Boats Crew. We are currently co-coordinating the Illinois Hydrilla Task Force. We have disseminated education and outreach materials for monitors and the public, set up a website and an email account for reports. This coming year the Task Force will draft the rapid response plan and a dichotomous key for control of select aquatic invasive plants.
Our partners are currently working with multiple transportation agencies to coordinate control of invasive plants along rights of way. To file a report of an infestation please head to our Coordinate Control Efforts with Transportation webpage. In addition we are gearing up for a fall meeting focusing on invasive ornamental plants. Stay tuned for updates on this project!
There are many great opportunities to work together in northeast Illinois to stop the spread of invasive plants and we look forward to working with you. If you would like to be added to the NIIPP email list please contact us via email or phone.
Cathy McGlynn and the NIIPP Steering Committee
Cathy McGlynn, Coordinator
Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership
c/o Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road | Glencoe, IL 60022
Office 847-242-6423 | Mobile 845-667-4981| Fax 847-242-6330