Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc. (SEWISC)
is a broad-based coalition that promotes efficient and effective management of invasive species throughout Kenosha, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties.
This season, help stop the spread of invasive species by supporting the only organization dedicated to invasive species prevention, education, management and control in southeastern Wisconsin by:
The native plant and wildlife communities of your local natural areas will thank you!
Invasive Species and Our Native Wildlife
Our 6th Annual Education Symposium was a tremendous success. This year’s guest speakers, Dr. John Orrock and Dr. Mathew Dornbush, engaged the audience in an informative discussion regarding the dynamic relationship between invasive species and wildlife. Symposium attendees also enjoyed local food refreshments and celebrating this year’s Sweat Equity Award Winner, Mike Fort from Walworth County.
Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Education Symposium: November 19, 2014!
Hosted by the
Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.
& Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™
This successful opportunity to network with land managers, nurserymen, arborists, landscape architects and many other professionals was held on September 26, 2013. This amazing and innovative event featured presentations, panel discussions, plus guided tours discussing ways the green industry and land managers can benefit each other. Speakers for the event included: Brent McCown, Brian Russart, Steve McCarthy & Michael Yanny. We were so happy to see you there!
Our Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon is an annual event, where we encourage folks throughout southeastern Wisconsin to protect the woodlands of their neighborhoods by pulling this invasive plant. The pull-a-thon is a competition, a fundraiser, and a way for people to join together and have a positive impact on their environment.Our natural areas will only avoid damage from invasives with a long-term sustained commitment to invasives control.
This spring, eight volunteer teams helped to raise funds and awareness while controlling 2,453 pounds of garlic mustard and dame's rocket in our natural areas. Volunteers recruited friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their pulling efforts. This is a fun way to make a real difference in the protection of the wild areas that we love.
The tax-deductable pledged contributions were shared between SEWISC and event partners and the funds will be used for invasive species education, prevention and control in southeastern Wisconsin. Thank you to all the 2013 teams (listed below) and to their generous sponsors:
A trophy and bragging rights was awarded to the team with the most bags of pulled garlic mustard, and this year the winner is the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Sauk Creek Nature Preserve Team which pulled 900 pounds!
It’s never too soon to begin recruiting 2014 Pull-A-Thon Teams! Will the impressive trophy be passed to another team in 2014, or will OWLT win the competition and keep the trophy for another year?