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.
SEWISC currently has a limited amount of funding to provide for invasive species control.
- This funding can only be used for on-the-ground control projects.
- Assistance awards will be limited to a maximum of $2,000 of funding from SEWISC.
- The funded project must provide a match that equals at least 25% of the total project budget. In-kind (e.g. volunteer labor) match is acceptable. SEWISC will not fund more than 75% of the total cost of the project. Details of the match calculation must be shown in the grant application budget.
- Applications are due by 27 February 2014; and awardees will be notified by 20 March 2014.
- The project must be completed in 2015; a final report will be due by 31 January 2016.
These funds were provided to SEWISC by the We Energies Foundation
Our 7th Annual Education Symposium was a tremendous success. This year’s guest speakers, Joey Zocher and Brian Russart, engaged the audience in an informative discussion regarding the importance and process of creating community-inclusive land stewardship opportunities while highlighting successes in the field of invasive management and environmental justice. Symposium attendees celebrated this year’s Sweat Equity Award Winner, Ben Arnold from Ozaukee County. Everyone enjoyed local food refreshments curtesy of Collectivo and the Student Conservation Association.
Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Education Symposium: November 18, 2015!
A Forum for Green Industry and Land Managers
On September 17, 2014 another meeting of the minds took place at Johnson’s Nursery with Where Ecology Meets Economy— Season 2.
It was the second educational get-together between the Green Industry and the Conservation communities in the past two years. The two groups are not totally exclusive of each other. They are far from it and seem to be more and more of a mixture each year.
Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ and SEWISC co-hosted the event and could not have done it without the support of 27 sponsors and the 132 people who attended. We plan to have another event next year and hope you can attend. Check out:
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, 18 teams formed by 332 volunteers helped to raise funds and awareness while controlling 10,060 pounds of garlic mustard and dame's rocket in our natural areas. Volunteers recruited friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their pulling efforts. What 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 2014 teams and to their generous sponsors.
The prestigous traveling trophy was recently passed from last year's winners, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Sauk Creek Nature Preserve Team to the Mequon Nature Preserve Farmstead Woods Team.
The Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon Trophy is a team to team award for dedicated efforts to control invasive species in southeastern Wisconsin. Each year, the team with the most bags of pulled garlic mustard and/or dame’s rocket wins the trophy which travels throughout our eight-county region.
Join the fun. It’s never too soon to begin recruiting 2015 Pull-A-Thon Teams! Will the impressive trophy be passed to another team in 2015, or will Mequon Nature Preserve win the competition and keep the trophy for another year?