Many plants that are highly invasive in natural areas are still sold at nurseries throughout the Midwest. Consumers often buy these plants without realizing the impacts that these species have on native ecosystems. In 2007, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) created a brochure called, "Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest," which has been popular with master gardeners, county Extension staff, native wildflower societies, and homeowners across the region. With help from the University of Georgia's Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, MIPN has created a new smart phone application that will allow users to access information on alternatives to invasive plants while they are shopping. The app will make it easier for consumers to make good choices and avoid bad ones when selecting plants for their property.
Join Kate Howe, Midwest Invasive Plant Network; and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, to learn more about this important topic in the next Stewardship Network webcast!
Kate Howe - Coordinator, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN). MIPN is an organization based in Indianapolis, IN that is focused on reducing the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest. MIPN is a network of public and private agencies, corporations, organizations, and individuals working on invasive plant control, prevention, research, and education across the region. Kate has been in her current position for eight years. She has a BA in Biology from Macalester College, an MS in Ecology from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Washington.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated the Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.