Read CIPWG’s 2023 Annual Report

Thank you for reporting your 2023 Invasive Plant Activity!

The CIPWG 2023 Annual Report is a compilation of reported invasive plant management and education activity for the 2023 year.

Read the 2023 CIPWG report HERE


The report details the invasive plant management and educational activities that occurred in over 60 CT towns throughout the year. At least 5,345 citizens directly and actively participated in the activities reported. Many (at least 4,670) were reached indirectly through articles, YouTube videos, social media, fact sheets, signs, and other educational mediums. A minimum of 30,765 hours were directly invested in invasive plant management, during intensive invasive plant training sessions and management activities, as well as educational outreach. A minimum of 5,300 hours were provided indirectly as citizens engaged in educational efforts and learned from videos, articles, and fact sheets.

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group maintains the following subcommittees:

  • Education and Outreach (educational outreach about invasive species and their alternatives)
    • CIPWG display was used at 5 events around the state in 2023.
    • Outdoor Educators held 6 free “Walk, Talk and Cut” events in 5 of Connecticut’s counties. 74 people attended these events.
  • Management (develop and disseminate information on invasive plant control options)
  • Native Alternatives (explore and promote use of native plant species as alternatives to invasives)
  • Research List Review
    • Met 5 times in 2023 to review CIPWG’s Research Plant List.
    • Made recommendations to the CIPWG Steering Committee regarding plants that should be recommended to the Invasive Plant Council for addition to the CT Invasive Plant list.
    • Developed protocol for annual review of the Research List.

CIPWG provides a List of Speakers who are available to give presentations on many invasive plant-related topics, including identification, control, and non-invasive alternatives. Since 2002, CIPWG has hosted biennial invasive plant symposia. Symposium 2022 information is available on the CIPWG website.  Planning for the 2024 biennial CIPWG symposium has begun.

FALL 2019 CIPWG General Meeting- Oct 24 2019

CIPWG Fall General Meeting, October 24, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

– free and open to all interested individuals

– Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Ave., Vernon, CT

Come hear updates on invasive plants and native alternatives in Connecticut.

Special Guest Speaker, Annise Dobson,   Asian Jumping Worms 101: 

Identification, Impacts on Plants and Ecosystems, and Steps Toward Solutions

Full Agenda    Driving Directions


2018 CIPWG Symposium Podcasts

To listen to recent podcasts about the upcoming CIPWG Symposium, click the links below:

  1. Donna Ellis interviewed with John Voket from Connoisseur Media:


  1.  Charlotte Pyle and Judy Preston were interviewed by Suzanne Thompson with CT Outdoors: – click on “On Demand” and scroll through Podcasts to 8//28/18 podcast.