TN-EPPC will soon be TN-IPC

2016 will be a special year for TN-EPPC. We have voted to change our name. Following the lead of many other councils around the country, we will soon be the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council or TN-IPC. As part of the name change, we will also update and renovate our Web site and premiere a new logo. There is much paperwork in our future, but for now we are still TN-EPPC and our current Web site, though aging with a few problems, remains a vital resource for information on invasive plant species in the state. Through our email newsletter, we will keep everyone posted on our progress.

SE-EPPC Annual Meeting in South Carolina

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council will hold its annual meeting hosted by South Carolina’s EPPC September 14-16, 2016, in Bluffton-Sun City, SC. Early registration is available through Aug. 17 at SE-EPPC’s Web site. Abstracts may be submitted at the same link through August 1.

TN-EPPC Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be Aug. 17, 2016, in Nashville at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

TN-EPPC’s Potentials List

TN-EPPC is assembling a list of potentially invasive nonnative plants not currently recognized in Tennessee. We encourage people to report any sightings of Elaeagnus multiflora, Ficaria verna, Youngia japonica, and Paederia foetida to EDDMapS. These species will be examined for addition to TN-EPPC’s Invasive Exotic Pest Plant List at the next revision. Contact us with any additional species recommendations for the Potential Invasive Species Watch List on our Initiatives page.

Japanese Chaff Flower Watch

Flood waters can spread invasive species. Plants such as Achyranthes japonica, Japanese chaff flower, could move downstream from its current center of infestation in Kentucky & West Virginia. Mississippi Embayment states, including West Tennessee, are asked to be on alert for occurrences of this plant in bottomland forests and along riparian corridors. Detailed plant information and photos are available by clicking on the plant name in the adjacent Alert box.

Download the Wildland Weeds Insert of TN-EPPC’s 2009 Plant List

TN-EPPC Plant List from Wildland Weeds

TN-EPPC Newsletters

TN-EPPC’s newsletters feature news items, informational articles, and relevant links on native as well as invasive plants. Issues are archived and available for review.

Winter 2016
Summer/Fall 2015 Spring 2015
Winter 2015 Fall 2014

IPC Webinars

Invasive Plant Control, Inc., hosts free invasive species management webinars. To gain access to the schedule, visit their website and click on the IPC Web Solutions icon to view the calendar of upcoming webinars with their respective dates and times. More information about each topic can be viewed by clicking on the title. Upcoming discussions include weed wash systems, post invasive-removal planning, and native alternatives for invasive ornamentals.

USFS Native Plant Policy

This USFS link connects to the newly published USDA Forest Service Native Plant Materials Policy, A Strategic Framework, September 2012.

Interesting articles on invasive species and management

CompassLive — An online venue by the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station features recent work within the 13 southern states. This article summarizes a review of the 56 most threatening invasive species and links to the full journal article.

CompassLive — This article details the return of native species, plant and animal, in test plots where privet was removed.

Nolichucky Report

A report of the 2012 Purple Loosestrife inventory project along the Nolichucky River in East Tennessee is available. Click Nolichucky Inventory to download a copy.

US Forest Service Invasive Management Directive

The US Forest Service has just published a “national-level direction on the management of invasive species across aquatic and terrestrial areas of the National Forest System.” According to US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, “Invasive species cost the American public an estimated $138 billion each year. They deplete water supplies, destroy recreation opportunities and damage landscapes across the country. We are taking this bold approach to better protect our nation’s forest and water resources from the threat of invasive species.” The Forest Service has had an invasive species program, but this policy “adds new requirements for agency-wide integration of invasive species prevention, early detection and rapid response, control, restoration, and collaborative activities across all National Forest System lands.” This will allow them to “more effectively manage invasive species in the context of environmental issues such as adaptation to climate change, increasing wildfire risk, watershed restoration, fragmentation of habitats, loss of biodiversity, and human health concerns,” says USDA Undersecretary Harris Sherman. Download the new Forest Service Invasive Species Management Policy.

TN-EPPC in Tennessee

Our mission is to improve public awareness of the serious threats invasive pest plants pose to natural areas and provide solutions to manage those threats. TN-EPPC is a chapter member of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council and the national organization, National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils.

Become a Member of TN-EPPC.

Wildland Weeds Available Online

Wildland Weeds, the official quarterly publication of the Florida and Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Councils and all affiliated chapters, is now available online, including all back issues dating to 1997. Articles cover current research, invasive plant biology, ecology and control methodology, taxonomy, impacts of exotic pest plants, and case studies. Wildland Weeds Library

Report Invasive Plants

Invasive Species Alert List

These are plant species for which more information is needed to determine their invasiveness in the state. Some may not yet occur in Tennessee but are found in nearby states. These species have invasive characteristics such as rapid growth and high fruit/seed production and are known to be invasive in similar habitats to those found in Tennessee or are listed as a severe threat in adjacent states or pose substantial management difficulties where they occur. Through this list, TN-EPPC hopes to gather information about their spread in the state. Contact us to Report Invasive Plant if these species are sighted.