MIPN Mission Statement

Our mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest.


The formation of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network was initiated by about ninety people attending an Invasive Species Symposium hosted by the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) in October 2002. A second meeting was held at the Natural Areas Conference (NAC) in Madison, Wisconsin in September 2003 to further develop MIPN and create focus areas on green industry , Early Detection & Rapid Response, education, research, and fundraising.

MIPN includes a diverse group of participants and partners. With assistance from both federal and private funding sources, Purdue University currently hosts a paid staff position for the Coordinator of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network. Along with Purdue, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin DNR have played major roles in the leadership of this network. Other partners include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Iowa DNR, Illinois DNR, Federal Highway Administration, Chicago Botanic Garden, and a number of other state and local groups. Many of the participants at the 2002 CBG meeting, the 2003 NAC meeting and others representing a cross section of Midwest organizations have contributed in-kind service, and some have helped to provide funding. The states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin all have formal or informal non-native invasive species councils or groups. We plan to continue the expansion of our network by continuing to reach out to new potential partners. View MIPN's Strategic Plan

MIPN Board of Directors

Tom Boos
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Matt Bushman (liaison)
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Carmen Chapin (liaison)
National Park Service

Michael Daab
Champaign County Forest Preserve District

Brian Davidson (liaison)
Mark Twain National Forest

Kurt Dreisilker
The Morton Arboretum

Chris Evans
Illinois Wildlife Action Plan

Rachel Gagnon
Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers

David Gorden
Mark M. Holeman, Inc.

Bob Hartzler
Iowa State University, Extension Agronomy

Chris Henze
Johnson County Secondary Road Department, Iowa City

Christopher May
The Nature Conservancy

Tim Power
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

Mark Renz
Univeristy of Wisconsin

Darcy Rutkowski
Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council

Jan Schultz (liaison)
USDA Forest Service Eastern Region

Laura Van Riper
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

MIPN Staff:

Kate Howe
Midwest Invasive Plant Network Coordinator
Purdue University
Efroymson Conservation Center
620 E. Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 829-3812
Fax: (317) 917-2478
E-mail: howek@purdue.edu

Lara Vallely
Midwest Invasive Plant Network Project Assistant
Purdue University
Efroymson Conservation Center
620 E. Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 829-3812
Fax: (317) 917-2478
E-mail: lvallely@purdue.edu