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 Legislative Update:

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 may vote on SB 192 on March 18, 2014.

OIPC continues to be engaged in discussions of this legislation and related issues of regulating invasive plants in Ohio.

OIPC Newsletter - February 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

Ohio Invasive Plants Council
Evaluation Protocol

A first-time science-based effort is underway to identify invasive plants from other regions and reduce their impact on natural areas in Ohio. See the following links for additional information:

Infestation of Lesser Celandine



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  Upcoming Events:

April 12, 2014 - "Wildlife Habitat Workshop-Woodlands-Part1" held in Clayton, Ohio. Contact Kristen Lauer, MSWCD, lauerk@mcohio.org

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:

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.