“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
About the Missouri Invasive Exotic Plant Species Task Force (MIEPSTF)
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.
The task force is housed and administered by Grow Native!, a native plant education and marketing program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. The task force reviews, discusses, and recommends educational and regulatory action related to managing non-native invasive plant species negatively impacting Missouri’s natural communities and built landscapes. MDC and MDA provide technical information.
Visit www.moinvasives.org for more information
Priority goals of the task force:
- Develop a list of top invasive plant species and their assessment scores so we can focus efforts.
- Become a portal for invasive management in the state. And contribute to regional and national efforts (such as the Midwest Invasive Plant Network).
- Develop recommendations to influence policy and strategies to influence action to manage invasive species within Missouri and the Midwest region.
- Track and stop continued distribution of known and future exotic invasive plants.
- Reach new audiences.
- Find sustained, stable funding.
- Determine geographic priority areas for invasive control, including education opportunities (high public use areas) and native biodiversity.
- Focus our efforts in a unified front to impact things on the ground; priority geographic areas; agency cooperation and coordination.
Resources for invasive plant species:
Members of the MIEPSTF have gathered resources, tools and guides that currently help identify, assess and manage invasive and exotic plant species.