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What is the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council?
The Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (MAIPC), previously the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council (MA-EPPC), was established in 2000. Council representation includes federal, state and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, and individuals from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
MAIPC provides regional leadership to effectively address the threat of invasive plants to the native flora, fauna, and natural habitats of the Mid-Atlantic. The council coordinates regional efforts to gather and share information on the identification, management and prevention of invasive species, provide training and volunteer opportunities and to identify research needs.
What is a non-native plant?
MAIPC provides guidance on:
- Identifying invasive species
- Mapping infestations
- Choosing effective control options
- Restoring sites
- Training volunteers
- Identifying research needs
Get involved with the MAIPC to:
- Learn which plant species are problematic and how to recognize them
- Learn about the impacts of invasive plants and how to control them
- Discover which native plants make great substitutes for invasive species
- Teach your friends how to identify and manage invasive plants
- Attend meetings and workshops to learn more about invasive species
We call plants “non-native” if they have been moved by people to places outside their known natural range where they would not likely have been dispersed naturally by wind, water or wildlife. Other terms often used for non-native include alien, exotic and non-indigenous.
What makes a non-native plant invasives?
Non-native plants are considered invasive when they become abundant and grow in a manner that causes habitat degradation, displacement of native plants and animals and disruption of ecological processes.
How many invasive plants are there?
Of the nearly 5,000 non-native plants occurring in the wild in the U.S., over 1,200 species are reported to be invasive in natural areas, according to the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States (www.invasiveplantatlas.org). In the mid-Atlantic region, over 300 invasive plant species pose a threat to our native flora and fauna.