Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that reaches goals towards invasive species awareness and control by using Civic Governance as a new approach to educate and organize the civic infrastructure needed to produce a basis to govern for the common good and sustain democracy as a just system.
The mission statement of the partnership is to control invasive plants by fostering partner cooperation and community action.
The partnership communicates and cooperates with conservation and environmental organizations whose goal is to do the same. As various projects arise the organization seeks funding from local, state, and federal sources to accomplish such projects.
Major LCIP Goals
Sustain yearly community projects, presentations, and exhibitions that show the latest success and failures of invasive species control methods, maintenance, and outreach/education
Maintain working relationship and information sharing with Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, and Pierce County Highway Departments & Townships to slow the spread of commonly found Wild Chervil, Wild Parsnip, Spotted Knapweed and Phragmites
Expand outreach and educational materials within the five-county area through media articles/news alerts, newsletters, the LCIP website and Facebook page that will allow citizens to make educated decisions on their property and public lands
Encourage alternative uses for invasive shrubs and trees for fine art, lumber, furniture, and funding to support other organizations
Expand into Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) through Beaver Creek Reserve-Citizen Science Center AIS program and Coordinator
To use the Civic Governance model to develop active citizens the define their roles and work together for the common good of invasive species education, outreach, and control