The following activities are events that expand the volunteer base in east central Illinois while having a sizable impact on the spread of invasive plant species on public lands.
Annual Pesticide Training & Certification (Jan 28, 2017)
Training on identification of key invasives plants and the application of herbicides. This training will satisfy the requirements of Illinois Pesticide Act Section 250.22 - Special Application of Herbicide to Control Invasive Plants on Public Land.
Gardening for Bees and Butterflies (Apr 17, 2017)
Heather Holm, author and landscape architect, will present at the UI Extension, Champaign, IL.
Great Garlic Mustard Hunt (April-May)
This is a campaign to educate the public on garlic mustard through flyers, information booths, lawn signs, and door-hangers. Hunts are scheduled at about a dozen sites in east central Illinois with participation from trained volunteers, students, and the general public.
Annual Illinois Invasive Species Symposium (May 31, 2017)
This event will showcase a variety of "unwanted" invasives - plant and animal and is sponsored by the University of Illinois.
Farmer's Market Information Booths (May and July, 2017)
Urbana's Market on the Square: May 6 and July 8 (8am-noon)
Joint Prescribed Burns (Spring and Fall)
Prescribed burns are led by certified individuals with participation from natural resource management groups and volunteers.
Regular Workdays on Public Lands
Site stewards and resource managers lead weekly workdays to target invasives at optimum times during the year. Check the HIPP calendar for details.