Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative

In response to the increasing threat of invasive plant species to Georgia Piedmont ecosystems, the Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative (NGIPC) was formed. The primary focus areas of this collaborative effort are improved land management and community outreach and engagement. Our partnerships facilitate outreach opportunities and improve connections with federal, state, and local levels of land management.

NGIPC works to increase removal of invasive plants and improve land management through volunteer coordination and development of a fee-for-service invasive management Hotshot Crew. The Hotshot Crew is comprised of local youth that are trained by Athens Land Trust, New Urban Forestry and other partners to increase program implementation while providing the youth a living wage.

For more information about volunteering or hiring the Hotshot Crew, please contact

Invasive Plant Management Coordinator

Lauren Muller 

Lauren@athenslandtrust.org



Program Objectives:

  • Improve land management and increase removal of invasive plant species with fee-for service Hotshot Crew
  • Increase community outreach by hosting seasonal workshops, leading volunteer-based work parties, and hosting educational walks
  • Increase program partnership and communication across project area
  • Expand Keep ACC Beautiful’s ToolShed by assembling species specific invasive plant removal kits
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Project Area:

NGIPC’s Target Plants

  • Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
  • Mahonia (Mahonia bealei)
  • Thorny Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
  • Beefsteak Plant (Perilla fructescens)
  • Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)
  • Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)
  • Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
  • Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Nandina (Nandina domestica)
  • Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
  • Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Partners:

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