MIPC 2012 Annual Symposium
The Michigan Invasive Plant Council is pleased to announce its
The symposium offers 2 CE credits for Commercial Pesticide Applicator license categories 5 and 6.
We are now offering participants the opportunity to “bring a friend” at no additional charge.
For more information, contact: Brian Majka, 616-847-1680,
The Michigan Invasive Plant Council (MIPC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is
To protect Michigan from the threat of invasive plants.
MIPC members represent a wide array of groups including public agencies, commercial enterprises, conservation organizations, educational institutions, the horticultural and landscape industries, as well as private individuals and the gardening public.
An invasive species is:
"an alien species (plant, animal, insect, bacteria, and fungi) whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health."
An alien species is defined with respect to a particular ecosystem and is considered any species "that is not native to that ecosystem" (Executive Order 13112, 1999). Alien species are also known as exotic, non-native, or introduced, however the term alien also applies to native species outside their natural range or ecological boundaries. The terms noxious, nuisance, or invasive characterize alien species when these organisms cause harm.
The interests of MIPC members are equally diverse and include - the production, management and utilization of plants for commercial enterprises, management and preservation of natural areas, wildlife management, cultivation of man-made landscapes, and the stewardship of our natural resources. Each of these activities is concerned with the invasive plant issue. Each organization involved in MIPC may have its own lists, policies, procedures, initiatives or voluntary codes of conduct. The Michigan Invasive Plant Council draws strength from its membership and their collective contributions. Policies of MIPC are built on a foundation of consensus and may differ from the specific policies or directives of its member agencies, organizations and/or individuals.