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.

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

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)