Welcome to the website of Remove Invasives Partnership (RIP) of Franklin County

We are a community consortium working to educate the public, organize workdays, and to mitigate the impact of invasive plant species in the Frankfort – Franklin County region of Kentucky

Join the community initiative working to educate the public, organize workdays, and to mitigate the impact of invasive plant species in Franklin County!  Remove Invasives Partnership (RIP) of Franklin County works to protect our scenic native landscape by removing invasive pest plants and educating and inspiring the public to remove invasive plants.

If you or your organization would like to join this effort, we would love to have you!  There are no financial expectations for being part of the partnership.  To be considered part of the partnership, groups must commit to supporting efforts to remove invasive pest plants and educate and inspire the public as feasible for each organization.

Current Partners:

The Garden Club of Frankfort

Woods & Waters Land Trust

Envision Franklin County

Kentucky State University

Franklin County Extension

Frankfort Urban Forestry Advisory Board

Frankfort Parks Department*

City of Frankfort*

Franklin County Fiscal Court*

South Frankfort Neighborhood Association

Earth Tools, Inc.

Inside Out Design

Frankfort Audubon Society

*working to get formal approval

If you have questions or would like to discuss this more, please contact Chris Schimmoeller at c.schimmoeller@gmail.com

eliminating the sale of invasive plants

Remove Invasives Partnership (RIP) has a goal of eliminating the sale of invasive plants in Franklin County.  Thank you for volunteering to reach out to local nurseries to encourage them to discontinue the sale of harmful plants and to provide native species as alternatives. 

Below you will find information that will help in your conversations.  For more information on how to talk to nurseries, please look at the flyer from a similar initiative at this link:  https://plantright.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/PlantRight-CNPS_How-to-Talk-to-Nurseries_2015.pdf

·       Most landowners unknowingly purchase and plant invasive species. 
·       Many landowners express regret and frustration when planted species become problematic on their landscapes.
·       Due to survival strategies such as prolific fruit/seed production, wide tolerance of growing conditions, invasive plants escape their original planting site easily and invade other areas, including parks, public spaces, ROWs, and private property.
·       Invasive plants are widely recognized as a threat to natural areas.  Common problems caused by invasive plant infestations include tree death, erosion of creek and riverbanks, reduced tree reproduction, plant suppression, degraded wildlife habitat, loss of aesthetic beauty, impaired use of property.
·       A 2005 study estimated that the economic damages associated with invasive species in the United States reached approximately $120 billion/year (USFWS 2012).  This cost has increased substantially since 2005. 
·       Invasive species make land less attractive and less productive while reducing overall property values. 
·       Invasive plants have been formally identified by the Kentucky Invasive Pest Council, a nonprofit with membership that includes state and federal agencies and universities.  The board offers a list of plants that pose threats to the Kentucky economy and natural resources. Their complete list can be found at this link:  https://www.se-eppc.org/ky/KYEPPC_2013list.pdf  Here is a list of the top species that we are currently working to eliminate from markets in Franklin County:

Asian bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus
Crown vetch, Coronilla varia (synonymous with Securigera varia)
English Ivy, Hedera helix
Honeysuckle Japanese, Lonicera japonica
Moneywort, Lysamachia nummularia
Periwinkle, Vinca minor
Porcelain berry, Ampelopsis brevipedunculata
Sweet autumn clematis, Clematis terniflora
Wintercreeper, Euonymus fortunei
 Wisteria floribunda, Wisteria sinensis

Dame’s Rocket, Hesperis matronalis
Lesser celandine, Ranunculus ficaria
Ox-eye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare
Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria
Star of Bethlehem, Ornithagalum umbellatum
Sweetclovers, Melilotus alba, M. officinalis

Autumn olive, Elaeagnus umbellata
Barberry Japanese, Berberis thunbergia
Bradford/Callery Pear, Pyrus calleryana
Buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica, Rhamnus frangula
Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus
Bush honeysuckles, Lonicera maackii, L. morrowii  L. tartarica, L. standishii, L. fragrantissima
Butterfly Bush, Buddleja davidii
Chinese Holly, Ilex cornuta
Golden Raintree, Koelreuteria paniculate
Heavenly bamboo, Nandina domestica
Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii
Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica
Mimosa, Alibizia julibrissin
Norway maple, Acer platanoides
Princess tree, Paulownia tomentosa
Privet, Ligustrum sinense, L.vulgare

Giant Reed, Arundo donax
Maiden grass/ Chinese silver grass, Miscanthus sinensis

RIP is also soliciting letters from area businesses, including nurseries, that support a ban on the sale of invasive plants.  These letters should be addressed “To whom it may concern” as they might be used in a future statewide effort to ban the sale of invasive plants.

RIP (Remove Invasives Partnership) of Franklin County was formed in 2017 to protect the local ecosystem by removing invasive pest plants and educating and inspiring the public to remove invasive plants.   Since then, RIP has conducted 18 workshops involving nearly 200 people that have educated the public while improving East Frankfort Park, Dolly Graham Park, Cove Springs Park, Lakeview Park, Liberty Hall, Melodye Park, and areas in Peaks Mill as well as select private properties.  For questions or more information visit www.ripfc.net or contact Chris Schimmoeller at c.schimmoeller@gmail.com or 502-226-5751.

Friday 30 Oct 2020 – East Frankfort Park Workday

WWLT has scheduled an invasives workday at
East Frankfort Park
Fri 30 Oct
9 am-noon

1.) please let them know if you will attend: info@woodsandwaterstrust.org

2.) wear masks, bring loppers, handsaws, work gloves and your own water / snacks.

“We’ll cut and treating large bush honeysuckle and have a brief training at the beginning depending on who attends. Please spread the word. There’s lots of room to spread out, and everyone should bring a mask. If we have several folks, we’ll split them into groups to make social distancing easier.

If any of you have the ear of landscapers, arborist, parks employees, land managers, etc who professionally use herbicides and chainsaws, this is a weekday, and there’s lot of big plants.”

Dolly Graham Park Invasive Plants Cleanup Friday, September 18 and 25

The City of Frankfort/Parks Department and Remove Invasives Partnership (RIP) are partnering to host two community cleanup days at Dolly Graham Park in south Frankfort, 238 River Street on Friday, September 18 and 25 from 9-noon.  Social distancing and other precautions will be practiced at the events.  In order to participate, preregistration is required. 

To register, visit https://bit.ly/2GHuRjR

The cleanup will focus on removing invasive plants, including winter creeper, bush honeysuckle, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, monkey grass, and others.  Working in groups of 10, participants will learn to identify and remove pest species.  City crews will be working alongside participants.

Non-native invasive species are choking the riverbank at Dolly Graham, and many of the large trees and native vegetation will not survive if non-native infestations are allowed to proliferate.  Native species help keep the riverbank stable and healthy while providing habitat for birds, pollinators, and other native species.

Dolly Graham is scheduled to receive major renovations in the near future.  These cleanups will help prepare the area and provide important stewardship to the natural areas in the park. 

Please wear appropriate clothing.  Gloves will be provided to all participants.

For more information on Parks, visit www.frankfortparksandrec.com

For more information on RIP, visit: ripfc.net

Indiana legislation helps in the fight against invasive plants

Terrestrial Plant Rule (312 IAC 18-3-25) designates 44 species of plants as invasive pests. This rule makes it illegal to sell, gift, barter, exchange, distribute, transport, or introduce these plants in the State of Indiana.

This rule goes into effect in two stages. As of April 18, 2019, it is illegal to introduce plant species on this list not already found in Indiana.

Plant species already in trade will be prohibited from sale one year later (April 18, 2020).


garlic mustard is back – time to pull it up!

it’s that time of year: unwelcome invader garlic mustard is back and getting ready to spread itself as much as it can.

good news: it is quite easy to pull up!

what do I need? light work gloves or gardening gloves.

what do I do? grasp the plant as close to the ground as possible and pull gently (sometimes a slow back&forth helps). this plant pulls easily any time, even more so after a rain — but don’t wait, do it now.

how do I dispose of it? in with the regular trash is fine.

why should I do this? if this plant goes to seed then your problems multiply in the coming year!