Ohio Invasive Plants Council

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 plants.

  News & Announcements:

Ohio Invasive Plants Council
Evaluation Protocol

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:

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.

Announcing the 2014
OIPC Grant Program

The OIPC Board is happy to announce the continuation of the Student Research Grant Program for 2014. This program will fund up to $1,000 toward projects that focus on invasive species in Ohio. The program is open to any project concerning Ohio invasive plants; however, applications that address one of the research questions identified by the assessment team, or have clear management implications, are particularly encouraged. See the OIPC Grant Program document for further details.

Kudzu Distribution Mapping and Awareness
Resources from OSU, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, GLEDN, and Ohio Woodland Stewards Program

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 ohiowoods@osu.edu.

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, passed the Ohio Senate on February 4, 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.

OIPC Newsletter - May 2014

Use this link to view our new Quarterly Newsletter


OIPC Fact Sheets Now Available

18 Fact Sheets available for download and printing

Fact Sheet General Information
Fact Sheet List with links to printable documents

Infestation of Lesser Celandine



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  Upcoming Events:

July 25, 2014 - "Ohio's Non-native Species: ID and Control Options" held in Wapakoneta, Ohio, by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. For more information see the Program web site.

Oct 15-17, 2014 - "2014 Natural Areas Conference" held in Dayton, Ohio. See conference web site at naturalareasconference.org for abstract and conference information.

Past Events:

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. 

December 11-12, 2013- "Symposium on Invasive Plants in the Midwest" held in Columbus, OH.  (click link for Proceedings and Presentations)

November 2, 2013 - "Green Gala 2013" held at COSI, Columbus, OH.  (see link).

April 23, 2013
- "Hydrilla Workshop:Early Detection and Rapid Response in the Lake Erie Watershed" held at North Chagrin Nature Center, Willoughby, OH.

March 14, 2013 - "Invasive Species Seminar" held at Medina University Center.

February 21, 2013 - OIPC 2013 Research Conference, "Strengthening the Bridge between Research and Management" held in Columbus, Ohio.






Board Update


OIPC Mission 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.