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. 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. This spring we will be offering bilingual invasive garden plant workshops in Waukegan, IL as part of our Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship project. We also have homeowner fact sheets available in both English and Spanish. As part of the Illinois Invasive Plant Council we will be proposing and reviewing species for regulation.
We reached the 4th anniversary of our organization last week. A big thank you to everyone who has supported us! We've made it this far and have so much more to do. We'll be hosting our annual meeting on Wednesday, October 8th at the Thornhill Center at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. The Illinois Hydrilla Task Force that we co-coordinate will soon be finalizing and posting the Illinois Hydrilla Early Detection and Rapid Response Plan on the Hydrilla Hunt! website. The plan includes fact sheets for an additional twelve aquatic invasive plants and protocols for response and treatment. Site leaders from Clean Boats Crew, our collaborative effort with IL-IN Sea Grant for aquatic invasive species education and outreach, have now interacted with more than 7,000 people at regional boat launches and marinas. We are poised to expand the capacity of the New Invaders Watch Program, the regional early detection and rapid response program, through multiple grants.
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