Private Lands Control Assistance Program


Invasive species control can be an expensive endeavor, often requiring specialized equipment and herbicides. With this in mind, the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area, with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources C2000 grant program, has initiated a voluntary program to assist private landowners control high-priority invasive species. The species targeted in this program are ones that are not yet extremely common in Southern Illinois, are considered major threats to conservation, and have the potential to spread rapidly. It is our belief that controlling these infestations on private lands will not only help the landowner conserve the resources on their lands, but will benefit the entire region by removing a potential seed source and slowing the spread of an incipient invasive.

Currently species targeted in this program are:

  • Garlic mustard
  • Oriental bittersweet
  • Kudzu
  • Chinese yam
  • Tree-of-Heaven
  • Paulownia
  • Bush honeysuckle

Other species can be included, and is decided upon a situation-by-situation basis. This program is non-regulatory and completely voluntary for landowners. The program uses several different funding sources, leading to the specifics of the program to possibly change over time. 



For more information and an up-to-date status of this program please contact: 

Karla Gage
8588 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959