Prior to and during the time that the ordinance was under development, Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management hosted native plant sales at the farmers market and distributed literature to the public and to agriculture, horticulture and landscape businesses. The Cooperative also initiated peer-to-peer conversations within the community and hosted “work days” to train community members to identify and manage invasive plants. These outreach and education efforts were advantageous during the ordinance-drafting process because community members came to the table already knowledgeable about the costs to the community caused by the spread of invasive plants.
The Knox County Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance on August 7, 2018, with an effective date of January 1, 2020. The Knox County Invasive Species Board, comprised of five members, was established to oversee the ban. Board members are appointed by Knox County Commissioners with three-year staggered appointments and must always include representatives from the local agriculture, horticulture and landscaping industries. When the ordinance goes into effect, the County will hire a natural resource specialist to enforce the ordinance.