Project Ideas

Looking for an invasives project idea?
Here are a few to get you started:

  • Remove invasive plants from the landscaping around a building or public gathering spot and replace them with native plants.

  • Create an outreach campaign to encourage community members and homeowners to manage invasives on their own properties.

  • Organize a large community workday or a series of workdays to restore a natural area that has particular ecological, economic or recreational value.

  • Educate local gardeners about invasives and encourage them to stop using them.

  • Ask local nurseries and others in the horticultural industry to join the PlantWIse Vermont program and stop selling invasives.

  • Treat new infestations of certain invasives that are new to an area to prevent spread.

  • Prepare presentations to give to local politicians and town officials in hopes of encouraging them to adopt laws and policies prohibiting the sale of invasives and new plantings.

  • Plant a native garden in a visible, public spot to raise awareness.

  • Join forces with regional conservation and land management groups to form a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to protect an area of interest.

  • Work with teachers to organize a student workday to remove invasives on school property.

  • Using iMapinvasives, map the locations and densities of invasives on town property such as parks and present the information to town officials, encouraging them to develop management plans and conduct management activities on their land.

  • Train a group of volunteers to identify invasives that are not yet common in an area so they can be spotted and removed as quickly as possible.

  • Organize a neighborhood management effort.

  • Develop an outreach program to reach local landowners and encourage them to stop invasives on their properties.

  • Evaluate and map the invasives situation along town roadways and use that information to convince town officials to adopt Road Crew Best Management Practices.

  • Set up an educational booth at a local event, such as the farmer’s market, and talk to visitors about invasives.

  • Work with Boy Scout or Girl Scout leaders to get kids involved in outdoor restoration work to earn a merit badge or award while educating them about the problem.

  • Create outreach materials, such as an op-ed, to run in the local newspaper.

  • Work with town officials to amend the town plan so it incorporates invasives-related language.

Whichever project you choose, be sure to take advantage of The Nature Conservancy's existing fact sheets, forms and resource guides so you can organize and complete your project as quickly and efficiently as possible.