An estimated 86% of invasive woody species, species like Asian Bush Honeysuckle, Privet, and Burning Bush, come from landscape plantings. MC-IRIS has begun the Go Green, Grow Native project in an effort to promote the sale of native plants as well as reduce the sale of invasive plant species. In an effort to assist consumers make more ecological landscaping choices, MC-IRIS is providing local retailers selling native plants with "Go Green, Grow Native!" signs, plant stakes, and stickers to identify the native species that they have for sale.
In addition to selling native plants, some retailers are going "invasive free" and agreeing not to sell any of the invasive horticultural plants on the list created by the Indiana Invasive Plant List.
It won't be long before you can easily report sightings and monitoring data directly to the national Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps) through the new SICIM website! The folks at The University of Georgia - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health are working with us some awesome customizations to take the Weed-Watcher program to the next level. What's more, data from the What's Invasive mobile smart phone app will be automatically integrated and searchable right here! Stay tuned for an update in April.