2014 Symposium

 The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) 2014 Invasive Plant Symposium was held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Student Union, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  The theme of the symposium was: Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now? The 7th biennial conference featured national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for managing invasive plants, promoting non-invasive plants and improving wildlife habitat.  Well-known Keynote speaker, Dr. Sarah Reichard, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens presented “Five-year Target: A down-to-earth vision bridging policy, research and management”.  Sessions included topics about:

  • Tips for successful invasive plant management projects
  • Alternative plants for improving gardens and other areas as wildlife habitat
  • Priorities and partnering for invasive plant management
  • Aquatic invasive plant updates
  • Early Detection – curbing the spread
  • Species-specific invasive plant identification, management and alternative plants


Read the Storrs-Mansfield Patch Article on the Symposium.

Read Senator Chapin’s remarks.


  • The Leslie J. Mehrhoff Award was presented to Kathleen Nelson this year.