The inception of the Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council (NRIPC) began in February of 2008 at the Invasive Species in Natural Areas Conference in Missoula, Montana. University and agency researchers met for 2 1/2 days with land managers of the Rocky Mountain region to discuss possibilities and problems specific to the management of invasive species in natural areas. Two-hundred twenty participants from seven states and two Canadian provinces attended 60 presentations. Over 100 of the participants surveyed agreed that an official non-profit Invasive Plant Council should be formed.
The four conference organizers decided to move forward with this idea. The NRIPC was incorporated in the state of Idaho in September of 2008 and non-profit was given official 501(c)3 status in January of 2009. The four conference organizers became the board of directors.