NIIPP will be co-managing the Lake Michigan Early Detection-Rapid Response Strike Team with the Lake County Forest Preserve District. The Team is funded by a Sustain Our Great Lakes grant. During the next two years the Team will control 400 populations of 18 new invasive plants on 5,400 acres in Lake County, IL and southeastern Wisconsin.
NIIPP is continuing its campaign to raise public awareness about invasive plants by providing education and outreach materials to public libraries, soil and water conservation districts, and the University of Illinois extension. In addition we continue to offer workshops for garden clubs and have been partnering with U of I extension, too. As of March 2015 NIIPP had reached out to all the public libraries in Lake County, IL.
NIIPP has received a Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation grant to work with the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) to map and monitor target invasive plants in riparian areas in five nature preserves. NIIPP and FPCC will train a mapping intern who will create a database that will be the foundation of a continued effort to map invasive plant populations. Information from this database will be used to prioritize control efforts.
NIIPP worked with Integrated Lakes Management to control Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) on several acres of private property in Will County in the summer and early fall.
NIIPP worked with the Village of Downers Grove, Downers Grove Park District, and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) to recruit homeowners for control of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) along the banks of the St. Joe's Creek. NIIPP hired Integrated Lakes Management to conduct control of knotweed on designated properties, while the Park District and FPDDC controlled knotweed on their own properties.
NIIPP received an Illinois Coastal Management Program grant to provide invasive plant workshops to municipalities in and near the Lake Michigan Watershed. Twelve municipalities, park districts, forest preserve districts, and natural resource organizations have signed on to host workshops. As of April 2, 2015 our workshops have been attended by more than 210 people. We have two workshops being offered in April and will continue offering workshops through June.
Organizations that have attended our workshops include: Waukegan Park District, Round Lake Park District, Lake Forest Open Lands Association, Integrated Lakes Management, Wild Ones, University of Illinois Extension, LCFPD volunteer program, the Volunteer Stewardship Network, EA Engineering and Science, Village of Lincolnshire, Park District of Highland Park, Lake Forest Open Lands Association, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Manhard Consulting, McHenry County Master Gardeners, Olson Ecological Solutions, Conserve Lake County, LPHOA, Barrington Area Conservation Trust, Audubon Chicago, Pizzo & Associates, Oakton Community College, Ancient Oaks Foundation, Buffalo Grove Park District, Bluestem Ecological Services, Illinois Dunesland Garden Club (Zion), Cook County Master Gardeners, City of Evanston, Skokie Park District, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Integrated Lakes Management, and Lincoln Park Conservancy.
NIIPP received an Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship to provide Spanish and English education and outreach to audiences in Waukegan, IL and beyond (click here for more information). We produced homeowner fact sheets about eight invasive plants, a general fact about invasive plants, and a Spanish version of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network's Landscape Alternatives to Invasive Plants in the Midwest. These documents can be found here
NIIPP led the recruitment of researchers from around the country and the organization of an Invasive Ornamental Plant Symposium that was part of the Natural Areas Association Conference. This event brought together conservationists and green industry and was the first of its kind in Illinois. The afternoon discussion groups led to the formation of the Midwest Invasive Plants in Trade Working Group. To learn more about this event and see the presentations given please click here
NIIPP Small Grants Program funded two projects:
NIIPP, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Lake County Health Department received a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to develop a Hydrilla Early Detection-Rapid Response Plan and Rapid Response Team for Illinois. The first meeting of the Hydrilla Task Force was held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in October.
Volunteer Work Day at Mather Woods, Plainfield Park District