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NIIPP 5th Anniversary Meeting - November 19, 2015 from 8:30am-1:30pm

Morton Arboretum
Arbor Room, Thornhill Center


8:30 Welcome & Introductions – Jeff Mengler, Hey and Associates, Inc. and
Vice Chair NIIPP Steering Committee

8:40 NIIPP: Five Years in Review – Debbie Maurer, Lake County Forest Preserve District and
Chair NIIPP Steering Committee

9:20 NIIPP 2015 Projects
- Japanese Knotweed Mapping – Jim Olech
- Lake Michigan Strike Team – Mia Spaid
- Other NIIPP Outreach & Projects – Mia Spaid

10:00 BREAK

10:15 Harvesting Invasive Plants for Ecological Benefits and Biomass Energy Production- Nancy Tuchman,
Ph.D., Founding Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Professor,
Loyola University Chicago.

10:45 Mapping Invasive Earthworms, Buckthorn, and Soil N Data to Estimate Woodland Degradation and
Inform Management Within Chicago Wilderness
– Lauren Umek, PhD candidate, Northwestern
University, and Project Manager, Chicago Park District

11:15 NIIPP's Future
- NIIPP hosting institution
- NIIPP fiscal agent
- NIIPP Coordinator
- NIIPP Grant applications and funding

11:45 Lunch & Networking

1:30pm Adjourn

This annual meeting and lunch was generously sponsored by: The Morton Arboretum and Hey and Associates Inc.


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. 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. 

During late winter through early summer we will be offering free invasive plant workshops hosted by municipalities in the Lake Michigan Watershed. Come out and learn about common and new invasive plants in the region and what you can do about them!  We are busy planning for Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month (May) and will be posting events soon.  Clean Boats Crew, our collaborative effort with IL-IN Sea Grant for aquatic invasive species education and outreach, is now gearing up for its fifth season!  Our site leaders will be working at regional boat launches and marinas starting Memorial Day weekend. In addition, NIIPP will be working with the Lake County Forest Preserve District to manage the Lake Michigan Strike Team that will control 400 populations of 18 target invasive species across 5,400 acres. Many of the assignments for this team come from the database of the New Invaders Watch Program, our regional early detection and rapid response program.

The original coordinator for NIIPP has left the position as of June 12, 2015. In the interim a Special Projects Manager has been appointed to continue particular projects.

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: chicago.cwma@gmail.com.


Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership
c/o Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road | Glencoe, IL 60022