Photo Credit: Red-tail Land Conservancy
Photo Credit: Red-tail Land Conservancy
The Hamilton County Invasives Partnership (HIP) was awarded the 2020 Weed Wrangler Award at the annual Indiana Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA) Conference which was held virtually on Aug. 20, 2020. Weed Wrangle® is a national program that highlights the importance of managing invasive species, celebrates our native plant communities and the wildlife and resources they support, and provides action through hands-on invasive species management in our precious green spaces.
“When a non-native species become established in the natural environment, we refer to them as an invasive species. Invasive species disrupt the critical relationships that our native species have with their environment, out compete our native flora and destroy the native habitat that is vital to wildlife.” explains Diane Turner, HCSWCD Conservation Tech. and Outreach Assistant.
HIP’s mission is to mobilize land stewards to manage and eliminate invasive species in Hamilton County. The group accomplishes this through education and encouraging action. The Weed Wrangler Award is given with the intention to recognize groups who engage partners, obtain event sponsors, and work to increase participation, all in support of managing invasive plants across their state. HIP received this award due to their ability to re-adjust strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic switching from several weed wrangle events to an online social media campaign. The group was also recognized for the number of partners involved in HIP, including representatives from various governmental agencies, non-profits, and concerned citizens or citizen groups.
The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) founded HIP in 2019 and continues to serve as the coordinating body for the group and its many partners. Anyone interested in learning more about invasive species or supporting their management in Hamilton County is welcome to join HIP.
For additional information on invasive species in and around Hamilton County, contact the HCSWCD at 317-773-2181 or visit www.hamltonswcd.org. To learn more about the Hamilton County Invasives Partnership, see their website www.hcinvasives.org.