The next CIPWG general meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Valley Laboratory, 153 Cook Hill Road, Windsor, CT. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Read the Complete 2016 Invasive Plants Council Annual Report (PDF)
The CIPWG 2016 Annual Report is now available. Click here to view the report. Many thanks to those who contributed to the report and many others who conduct invasive plant educational outreach through the year.
CIPWG received the 2016 Environmental Organization Award from the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District on November 5, 2016, “In recognition of CIPWG’s extensive long-term efforts to raise awareness about the threat of invasive plants, and your support and promotion of our invasive plant guide”.
The new expanded edition of, “Invasive Plants In Your Backyard! A Guide to Their Identification and Control”, recently published by the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, is now available as a PDF on the CIPWG website. Click here to view this updated resource.
The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) 2016 Invasive Plant Symposium was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Student Union, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The theme of the symposium was: Invasive Plants in Our Changing World: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future. The 8th biennial conference featured national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat. Nationally-recognized Keynote speaker, Jil Swearingen, co-author of Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas presented, “We’re Moving on Up: Invasive Plants Heading North”. Karl Wagener, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, spoke on “Connecticut’s Future: Rooted in Choice”. William Hyatt, Vice Chair of the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council, provided a legislative update. Charlotte Pyle, recently retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service delivered closing remarks.
Concurrent afternoon sessions included:
- What Are Other States Doing? Panel discussion with New England invasive plant experts
- Native Plants for our Pollinators – Creating a balanced and healthy pollinator environment
- Management of Key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports
- Biological Control: No Animal Too Small – Valuable invasive plant management tools
- Aquatic Invasive Plants – Updates on Hydrilla and other new aquatic invasive plant threats
- Plants to Watch Out For – The new invasives that threaten our borders
Research and management posters, an invasive plant identification area, and other educational exhibits were featured throughout the day.
Visit the 2016 Symposium page to view presentations
“Celebrating Connecticut’s Landscape”: Fall Foliage Tour was held on Sunday October 2, 2016. The tour began at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington, CT. Participants learned about Connecticut’s native plants, habitats, and invasive plant management. Tour leaders were: DEEP Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone, UConn Forester Tom Worthley, Dr. Jeff Ward CAES , Charlotte Pyle, Ecologist, David Irvin, CTDEEP Forester, Bill Moorhead , Botanist, and Jason Marshall (Conservationist/Sportsman).
Special thanks to Northwest Connecticut Sportman’s Council (NWCSC) for a grant towards the rental of the tour bus.
USDA FY2016 grant and partnership programs for invasive species has been updated: http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/toolkit/grantsusda.shtml
CIPWG was mentioned in the NESAF Quarterly Newsletter. The article is on page 12.