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.
HIPP Private Lands Volunteer Group (Oct 1, 2018)
HIPP is starting a volunteer group for invasive control on private properties. Any native area under 10 acres will be eligible, sign ups are open now! The group's first meeting is from 9am-1pm on October 1st at 2533 County Rd 450 E, Mahomet, IL 61853. The primary focus will be bush honeysuckle removal.53
Farmer's Market Information Booths (May 5 and July 14, 2018)
Urbana's Market on the Square: 8am-noon
Annual Illinois Invasive Species Symposium (May 24, 2018)
This event will showcase a variety of "unwanted" invasives - plant and animal and is sponsored by the University of Illinois.
Stop the Spread - Downtown Champaign (Month of May, 2018)
An artistic installation in downtown Champaign, at Main St and Neil St, that demonstrates during invasive species month how invasive plants can spread if unattended. Brochures available to the public.
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 sites in east central Illinois with participation from trained volunteers, students, and the general public.
Annual Pesticide Training & Certification (Jan 27, 2018)
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. Second presentation on "Management of Edge Habitats".
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.