Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin (IPAW) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote better stewardship of the natural resources of Wisconsin by advancing the understanding of invasive plants and encouraging the control of their spread. IPAW’s main goals in achieving this mission are geared toward being an umbrella organization for Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) while creating a effective way in which to reach legislators to voice the concerns about invasive species control. Although IPAW is Wisconsin-based, we serve the entire Upper Midwest. IPAW has approximately 200 members. These members include researchers, foresters, landscapers, horticulturalists, agronomists, prairie restorationists, aquatic ecologists, and concerned citizens. Our members come from nearly every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit institutions.
Our More Recent Accomplishments Include:
- IPAW played a critical role in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Revised Invasive Species Rule - NR40 - Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control Rule. This rule helps citizens learn to identify and minimize the spread of plants, animals and diseases that can invade our lands and waters and cause significant damage. More.
- IPAW hosted the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference held in Duluth, Minnesota. The goal of this conference was to strengthen management of invasive species, especially prevention, control, and containment. We are happy to say that UMISC was a great success! Around 700 attendees came to see 220 oral presentations and 24 posters. The conference had several interesting and informative field trips, workshops and concurrent sessions. Participants came from 23 states and provinces – most from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan – but some from as far away as California; Alabama; Maryland; Washington, DC and Ontario. More.
- IPAW will be hosting the 2016 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference which will be held in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. More.
- IPAW supports Wisconsin Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CISMAs) so that they may be better to assist the public in their areas. More.
- IPAW holds free Field Days and Workshops for the public to learn more about invasive species and their management.
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