The Michigan Invasive Plant Council got underway as a direct result of the Federal Executive Order on Invasive Plants, signed by President Clinton on February 3, 1999. The group met to formally address mutual concerns about the effects of invasive plants in Michigan. MIPC adopted by-laws in January 2002 and its first Board of Directors was elected under those by-laws at the Council's first annual meeting held March 2002.
A twelve member Board of Directors is the governing body of MIPC. The Board consists of eight Directors-at-Large and a four member Executive Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Present Board members and their contact information is listed below.
The Board meets on a quarterly basis to conduct the business of the Council. All MIPC members and guests are welcome to these meetings. Elections to the Board are conducted by the members present at the Council's annual meeting.
The Annual Membership Meeting is occurs each January. The MIPC Symposium occurs separately during the year. The symposia are designed to be educational and have been held jointly with other groups to "get the word out" to as many different interest groups as possible. MIPC's first symposium was held in 2002 and was hosted by the Wildflower Association of Michigan. The symposium has been held annualy since then, in conjunction with the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association and the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts.
Committees including the Executive Committee, Plant Assessment Committee, and Education Committee handle specific tasks and projects. Involvement in any of these committees is open to members and guests; if interested in participating please contact the Secretary through our Contact Page.
MIPC's Bylaws are available in PDF form
All comments should be directed to: Doug Pearsall, MIPC website coordinator through our Contact Page