Do your part!
The following members of HIPP regularly use volunteers for invasive plant detection, eradication, and replacement on public and private lands. Visit their sites to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available.
- Allerton Park and Retreat Center
- Champaign County Forest Preserve District
- Champaign Park District
- Embarras Volunteer Stewards
- Grand Prairie Friends
- Land Conservation Foundation
- Lincoln Heritage Resource Conservation and Development
- Upper Sangamon River Conservancy
- Urbana Park District
Contact Kaleb Lukens at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in joining HIPP as a member or an interested party. Participants in HIPP are likely to fit these criteria:
- an organization, agency, municipality, nonprofit, community organization, or individual responsible for managing natural areas or influencing/assisting those who do
- willing to communicate and coordinate efforts with others to combat invasive plant species
- activities occur in the central Illinois counties covered by HIPP
Register with EDDMapS and begin reporting sightings of invasive plants today either through a smartphone app or a web browser. EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. It is fast, easy to use and doesn't require Geographic Information Systems experience. Its goal is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species observations recorded each year. It combines data from other databases and organizations as well as volunteer observations to create a national network of invasive species distribution data which will become the foundation for a better understanding of invasive species distribution around the world.
Be wise about the plants you purchase and introduce to your terrestrial or aquatic properties. Learn about the invasive plants currently in Illinois and be aware of those that are coming. Remember that one of the greatest risks to our natural habitat is non-native species because their natural pests, diseases, and foragers may not exist here to keep them in check. By choosing to plant species native to Illinois you not only avoid introducing invasives but you contribute to a healthy ecosystem. The birds, insects, wildlife, and HIPP appreciate it.