Forest Service honors Midwest Invasive Plant Network

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Education and Awareness on Invasive Species Partner Award from the United States Forest Service’s National Forest System Invasive Species Program. Mark Renz, CALS associate professor of agronomy and UW-Extension Weed Specialist, is the current MIPN president

“The fact that U.S. Forest Service has bestowed this award on MIPN is a tremendous accomplishment as they recognize the effort and results of our efforts over the past decade,” Renz says.

“Our mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plants in the Midwest. As this is a Herculean task, we couldn’t do it without the help of federal, state and local partners.  While this collaboration isn’t easy, MIPN has always prioritized working to bring groups together as this will give us the best chance of accomplishing our mission.”

This award recognizes a partner or cooperator with the Forest Service who has demonstrated outstanding cooperation and achievements related to environmental education and awareness of invasive species.

Formed in 2002, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network has been instrumental in developing and strengthening local invasive species efforts by providing technical guidance, webinars, workshops, publications, and tools for use throughout the Eastern United States.  MIPN has significantly increased the ability to control invasive species throughout the Midwest, and has played a key role in the expansion of Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) across the region.