NIIPP 4th Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting was attended by more than 50 people representing the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Will County Forest Preserve District, Kane County Forest Preserve District, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Cook County Forest Preserve District, Kendall County Forest Preserve District, McHenry County Conservation District, Illinois Department of Transportation District 1, McHenry County Department of Transportation, Integrated Lake Management, Tallgrass Restoration, LLC., USDA APHIS, Chicago Botanic Garden, ecology + vision, llc., Northern Illinois University, Cantigny, Hey & Associates, Inc., Village of Downers Grove, Downers Grove Park District, Village of Itasca, CPS Production Services, Conserve Lake County, DuPage County Stormwater, Morton Arboretum, and Greencorps Chicago.

A big thank you to the Morton Arboretum for hosting the event and providing coffee and tea!

You can find our annual report for 2014 here.


It was a good morning to catch up with colleagues and connect with other people working on similar projects. Our speakers gave informative presentations about the great work that they are doing throughout the region.  To view a pdf of a particular presentation please click on the links below.



8:30 Introduction - Trish Beckjord, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC and NIIPP Steering Committee

8:35 NIIPP: The Year in Review

8:50 Five Minute Update about the Illinois Hydrilla Hunt! - Bob Kirschner, Chicago Botanic Garden

8:55 A Holistic Approach to Wild Chervil in Kane County - Ryan Campbell, Ferm National Accelerator Laboratory and Ben Haberthur, Kane County Forest Preserve District

9:20 Greencorps Chicago: Workforce Development in Ecological Restoration and Invasive Species Management - Zach Taylor, Project Manager

9:45 BREAK

10:00 The Next Century Conservation Plan: Focus on Invasive Plants - Chip O'Leary, Forest Preserves of Cook County

10:25 Restoration Updates from the Field -

- Management of Native Grasses in Prairie Plantings - Ryan Campbell, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

- Reed Canary Grass Control - Patrick Chess, Kane County Forest Preserve District

10:50 Conservation@Home - Sarah Surroz, Conserve Lake County

11:15 Connecting Community and Control: A Case Study in Downers Grove - Cathy McGlynn, Karen Daulton Lange, Village of Downers Grove; Mike Stelter, Downers Grove Park District; and Cindy Hedges, DuPage County Forest Preserve District

11:40 NIIPP in the Future

11:55 Final Remarks -Debbie Maurer, Lake County Forest Preserves and Chair of NIIPP Steering Committee

12:00 Meeting Adjourns