The Ohio Invasive Plants Council is a coalition
of agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout Ohio concerned about
the introduction, spread, and control of invasive, non-native plants in
Ohio's natural habitats. OIPC promotes public awareness of invasive
species issues and encourages land management and research to detect
invasive species and prevent new invasions into natural ecosystems.
OIPC was formed as a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit organization in 2005 as a result
of efforts in the late 1990's to improve awareness of the threats of invasive
News & Announcements:
OIPC Annual Meeting
February 10, 2015
at Highbanks Metro Park
Lewis Center, OH
Please join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of OIPC by attending our Annual Meeting in February. Learn about OIPC's past and hear about ongoing activities and goals. An update on the Assessment Team's work will be provided as well as several presentations, including the results of the research performed by last year's OIPC Research Grant recipients. More details coming soon.
Announcing the OIPC T-shirt Design Competition
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, OIPC will be selling T-shirts that spread the word about invasive plants. The OIPC Board is seeking the help of artists, graphic designers, students, and other talented individuals to develop a t-shirt design that incites interest and motivates action. DEADLINE FOR DESIGN SUBMISSION IS
DECEMBER 1, 2014 Use this link for further details about this exciting opportunity.
OIPC is developing a new list of invasive, non-native plants that threaten the health and diversity of natural ecosystems in Ohio using an objective, science-based process. See the following links for additional information:
Your contribution will help support our outreach programs as well as the efforts being made to research sources in order to properly assess species as part of the Invasive Plant Assessment Protocol. In addition, OIPC sponsors a competitive Small Grants Program to financially assist students pursuing research concerning Ohio invasive plant problems. OIPC is operated by a Board of volunteers and is a 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax-deductible.
To mail a donation use the Donation Form
Find out how you can become an ongoing Financial Supporter
Or see the DONATE button on this page to donate online using Pay Pal
Research Needs Identified
by Assessment Team
OIPC is collaborating in an effort to assess invasive plants in Ohio. During that process the Assessment Team has encountered a number of important information gaps. Filling these gaps will lead to a better understanding of the invasive potential of particular species. We encourage researchers to help us address these issues. See the OIPC Research Questions document for detailed questions.
OIPC seeks your help in distribution mapping and in promoting public awareness of one of the newest invasives in Ohio: Kudzu! We encourage all Ohioans, including students, teachers, land managers, birdwatchers, backpackers, gardeners, wildflower enthusiasts, etc. to download the EDDMapS Smart Phone App and document any kudzu found growing in Ohio. For the latest news and information concerning kudzu in Ohio, see the News article "Plant That Ate the South Is Here:Poster Tells Public to Watch Out for Kudzu" or request the new kudzu awareness poster from the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Legislative Update (as of 6/5/14)
A bill to grant the Director of Agriculture exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species in Ohio that was introduced by Senator Gale Manning, was signed by Governor Kasich on June 5, 2014. The text of this bill, Ohio Senate Bill 192|2013-2014|130th General Assembly, can be found via this link.
At the November 20, 2013 meeting of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, OIPC President David Gorchov provided Interested Party testimony (view PDF) on SB 192. He has also presented Interested Party testimony (view PDF) at the March 11, 2014 meeting of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. That Committee approved SB 192 on March 19, and the bill received full House approval on May 21, 2014. The wording approved by the House was then approved by the Senate ('concurrence') on May 28, 2014. On June 5, 2014, Governor Kasich signed this bill into law. The next step will be the drafting of rules to implement the law.
OIPC continues to be engaged in discussions of this legislation and related issues of regulating invasive plants in Ohio.
Contribute to OIPC every time you shop at Kroger
OIPC has joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This means that Kroger makes a quarterly donation to OIPC in proportion to our member' expenditures at their stores. To participate, use your existing Kroger Plus Card or get a new card at any Kroger store. With your card number at hand, either create an account or sign in to your existing account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards . To designate OIPC as the recipient organization, enter NPO number 23916, or select Ohio Invasive Plants Council from the list of organizations. After you confirm that OIPC appears on the right side of your information page, every swipe of your card will generate some revenue for OIPC to use for education, outreach and assessment! Thanks!
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February 10, 2015 - OIPC Annual Meeting- to be held at Highbanks Metro Park, just north of Columbus, OH. Details and tentative Agenda coming soon.
October 31, 2014 - OIPC 2014 Workshop and Field Day - "Converting Invasive Shrubland to Productive Pastures" held at The Wilds.
Oct 15-17, 2014 - "2014 Natural Areas Conference" held in Dayton, Ohio. See conference web site at naturalareasconference.org for abstracts and additional information.
September 4, 2014- "Invasive Plants Meeting, co-sponsored by Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio Invasive Plants Council, and Green Umbrella, held at Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 See the Flyer and Agenda for more information.
July 25, 2014- "Ohio's Non-native Species: ID and Control Options" held in Wapakoneta, Ohio, by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.
May 21, 2014- "So You Know You Have Invasive Plants, Now What?" held at Hocking Hills State Park, OH. See Past Events page for more information.
April 12, 2014- "Wildlife Habitat Workshop - Woodlands Part1" held in Clayton, OH.
Statement: Participating in statewide efforts to address the threats of invasive species to Ohio's ecosystems and economy by providing leadership and promoting stewardship, education, research, and information exchange.