California Invasive Plant Council is a registered 501(c)(3) organization located in Berkeley, CA and is focused in Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code and Publishing activities.start a fundraiser
Over the past 20 years Cal-IPC has supported the needs of natural resource managers and researchers by addressing policy, science and education related to invasive plants. Detailed information about each of our program areas follows. Education: One core function of Cal-IPC is increasing the capacity of the state’s community of natural resource managers. We do this through our quarterly newsletter, an annual Symposium, a comprehensive website, and field course trainings, all dedicated to providing the latest information on invasive plant biology and management. • Cal-IPC Symposium – This year is our 20th annual conference, to be held Oct. 4-7 in Tahoe City. Field trips include a visit to restoration projects on Lake Tahoe and the lands surrounding the lake. • Training – We have trained over 300 natural resource managers through Wildland Weed Field Course. • Publications - Cal-IPC has a long history of publishing useful materials including Don’t Plant a Pest brochures, books and the California Invasive Plant Inventory (2006). The Inventory is recognized as being the definitive list of invasive plants throughout the state. Policy: Our advocacy includes efforts at the state and national levels. We seek to support those working on invasive plant management by securing funding and strengthening policies affecting their work. • Invasive Weeds Awareness Day at the Capitol – We held our 8th annual advocacy day in Sacramento in March, and sent teams of natural resource managers to the offices of all 120 state legislators. • California Invasive Species Advisory Committee – Created by the Invasive Species Council of California to provide advice and develop recommendations. Cal-IPC Executive Director Doug Johnson was selected to chair the state’s 24-member stakeholder committee. • National advocacy coordination – Cal-IPC, on behalf of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils, led a small but effective national campaign to encouraging natural resource managers to comment on USDA’s proposed improvements to import regulations for plants. These improvements are an important step forward in preventing introduction of invasive plants. Science: • Risk mapping – Our risk mapping effort collects critical data on the current distribution of each invasive plant species in the state, and predicts which areas are most vulnerable to future spread using climatic modeling tools. We recently completed an assessment for the southern Sierra of 32 plant species chosen as regional high priorities. • Research - Cal-IPC recently published a distribution and impact report with detailed maps of a major invasive plant, Arundo donax or giant reed. These maps provide the basis for assessing impacts and control costs from Mexico to Monterey County. • California Horticultural Invasives Prevention (Cal-HIP) partnership – We provide the scientific foundation for this state and national partnership with the horticultural community. Horticultural introductions are historically the largest source of invasive plants, and we are working with nursery trade groups to design voluntary measures that will effective prevent current and future introductions. • San Diego strategic planning – Cal-IPC is serving as an expert consultant on the development of strategic planning on invasive plant management for San Diego County.