MITPPC Requests Public Input on High-Priority Species
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center conducts a biennial research needs assessment which includes public input from stakeholders.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2021
University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center
Requests Public Input on High-Priority Species
St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) at the University of Minnesota is now accepting public input on high-priority species. This process is conducted biennially in an effort to be responsive to new and emerging terrestrial invasive species threats. The input from stakeholders is combined with expertise from scientists to inform MITPPC’s request for research proposals.
Currently, MITPPC prioritizes research funding for the top invasive insects and earthworms, plant pathogens, and plants that threaten Minnesota’s forests, prairies, wetlands, and agriculture. These species are chosen based on their biology and potential impacts. Visit www.mitppc.umn.edu/invasive-species-prioritization for the list of species and for more information on our prioritization process and how species are evaluated.
“MITPPC has currently evaluated over 200 terrestrial invasive species, but many more are present in Minnesota, or could arrive in the future,” said Rob Venette, MITPPC Director. “Getting input from the public helps us keep our finger on the pulse of what Minnesotans are seeing and worrying about.”
Please visit www.mitppc.umn.edu/invasive-species-prioritization to learn more about the species and find links to surveys to submit a new species to the process.
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center works across the state to deliver science-based solutions to protect Minnesota’s forests, prairies, wetlands, and agricultural resources from terrestrial invasive species. Funding for this program is provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Learn more at www.mitppc.umn.edu.
Researcher, Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center