“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
In 2015, Grow Native! spearheaded this multi-agency, multi-industry networking and advocacy group to bolster statewide efforts to identify and control the invasive plant species that severely impact native biodiversity. Representatives from the fields of conservation, agriculture, botanical science, ecological services, plant production, horticulture, landscape services and design, and arboriculture make up the task force.
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• Organizing Chair: Bill Ruppert, National Nursery Products – St. Louis
• Inaugural Members: Nate Muenks, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC); Anastasia Becker, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Ken McCarty, Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR); Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
As of October 2015, members include: Steve Clubine, represents range management; Nate Goodrich, Natural Resources Conservation Service; Brian Davidson, National Forest Service; Dan Drees, National Park Service; Kelly Srigley-Werner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Bruce Schuette, MoDNR retired; Eric Bohle, Friends of Rock Bridge State Park; Jay Doty, Magnificent Missouri; Doug Ladd, The Nature Conservancy; Malissa Briggler, MDC botanist; Roxie Campbell, MoDNR Rock Bridge State Park; Robbie Doerhoff, MDC forest health specialist; Krya Krakos, Maryville University; Quinn Long, Missouri Botanical Garden; Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, Lincoln University Native Plant Program; Reid Smeeda, University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Hank Stelzer, MU School of Natural Resources; Mike Rood, Pea Ridge Forest; Elizabeth Steele, Hamilton Native Outpost; Shane Kampeter, Missouri National Guard; Nathan Kempker, Missouri National Guard; Stacy Armstrong, Missouri Department of Transportation, Nate Muenks, MDC; Anastasia Becker, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Ken McCarty, MoDNR; Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
Upcoming EventsAn invasive plant species tract that is underway for the 2016 Missouri Natural Resources Conference. Grow Native! will post more information as it becomes available.
Members of the MIEPSTF have gathered resources, tools and guides that currently help identify, assess and manage invasive and exotic plant species.