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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.

Read about upcoming invasive plant symposium on Naturally@UConn

Read about CIPWG’s upcoming invasive plant symposium on Naturally@UConn.

Naturally@UConn features articles, interviews and news on CAHNR students, faculty, staff and programs.

Giant Hogweed in CT- Press Release

View the updated Giant Hogweed Press Release.   To report a Giant Hogweed sighting, click here.

Click here for Fox61 news story on giant hogweed

2017 IPC Annual Report

The 2017 IPC Annual Report is now available to view here.

2017 CIPWG Annual Report is now available

The CIPWG 2017 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.

Japanese Barberry, Ticks, and Lyme Disease

Listed below are various news articles regarding Japanese Barberry, Ticks and Lyme Disease:–448183243.html

2016 IPC Annual Report is now available

Read the Complete 2016 Invasive Plants Council Annual Report (PDF)

CIPWG recipient of 2016 Environmental Organization Award

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”.

New Expanded edition of “Invasive Plants in Your Backyard!”

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.

2016 Symposium- Tuesday, October 11, 2016


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