About Us…Mission and Vision
About the Western Invasive Plant Alliance (WIPA)
Founded in 2009, Western Invasive Plant Alliance is a Tigard, Oregon based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization created by a dedicated group of ecologists, farmers and a habitat restoration professionals concerned about the harmful impacts of invasive plants on our farms, forests, rangelands, waterways, and natural areas.
WIPA’s mission is to promote policies and actions that protect the Western U.S. from the economic and ecological harm caused by invasive plants. We pursue our mission by advocating for landowner education, adequate funding for prevention and control, and effective policies and laws that ensure invasive plants do not threaten the economic and ecological values of our productive lands and natural areas.
How WIPA Works…
Through outreach and education, WIPA encourages public and private decision-makers to recognize the threat invasive plants pose to our economy and environment and to implement policies to mitigate these threats. WIPA also works with public and private landowners to educate them on strategies for controlling invasive plants.
WIPA Key Messages…
– Invasive plants cause tremendous economic and environmental harm.
– Hundreds of millions of private and taxpayer dollars are spent annually controlling invasive plants.
– No coordinated policies or regulatory controls are in place to address the problem of invasive plants across the Western U.S.
– Not enough resources, public or private, are dedicated to controlling invasive plants.
– Policies and laws in place intended to prevent new invasive plant introductions from outside the U.S. are not adequate.
– Voluntary actions, best management practices, regulations, and enforcement of weed laws are needed to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive plants.
– Outreach, education and advocacy can effect change in public policy and behavior.
– The economic, environmental and social values of our farms, forests, rangelands, waterways, and natural areas are vital to our culture, economy, and health as a region and a nation.