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.
A Forum for Green Industry and Land Managers
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
September 17, 2014
8:00am - 3:00pm
Menomonee Falls, WI
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with land managers, nurserymen, arborists, landscape architects and many other professionals. This amazing and innovative event will feature presentations, panel discussions, plus guided tours discussing ways the green industry and land managers can benefit each other. Speakers for the event include: Neil Diboll, Kurt Dreisilker, Kelly Schultz & Michael Yanny. We will see you there!
Hosted by the
Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.
& Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™
Check out last year's event:
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?
In 2005 Governor James Doyle demonstrated a firm commitment to address the issue of invasive species in Wisconsin by creating the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species and by declaring June of that year the first annual Invasive Species Awareness Month. That tradition has continued in an effort to raise awareness about non-native invasive plants and animals. This annual event is a great opportunity for the Council to recognize the efforts of outstanding individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary work in combating the spread of invasive species.
We are proud to report that Girl Scout Troop #2789, Michael Yanny (Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.) and Jason Nickels (Mequon Nature Preserve) were chosen to receive 2014 awards for their dedicated work in southeastern Wisconsin! The Invader Crusader Awards Ceremony was held on June 5th at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison.
Four young women of Girl Scout Troop #2789 were honored for their impressive efforts engaging other community members, volunteer groups, and local businesses in a successful purple loosestrife biocontrol project around Lac La Belle. They are continuing their work by teaching other community groups how to replicate the project. From the Troop’s nominator: “Troop #2789 learned that with a bit of determination and muscle power combined with a cooperative enthusiastic spirit, a big difference can be made for the lake community in which they live. Their contribution will make a lasting impression. All parties involved with their work are very proud of the efforts of Girl Scout Troop #2789”.
SEWISC Board Member, Michael Yanny has helped build bridges between the nursery industry, regulators, and the conservation community since work on Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Rule began. Owner of JN Plant Selections, LLC & Senior Horticulturist at Johnson's Nursery, Mike served on teams of experts evaluating species considered for regulation. He goes above and beyond; helping regulators construct good regulations and helping the nursery industry understand the need for, the value of, and how to comply with those regulations. Ultimately, Mike helps to change attitudes so that we all can enjoy healthier natural ecosystems. From his nominator: “He has served to build a communication bridge and working relationship between industry and conservationists that will ultimately lessen the impact of invasive plants on Wisconsin natural areas over time.”
Jason Nickels’ crusade against invaders is both intensive and extensive. As Director of Education and Restoration at the Mequon Nature Preserve, Jason implemented an intensive plan to control or eradicate all invasive species in the largest nature preserve in the four-county Milwaukee area. The reach of his success extends to the 7,000 students and 10,000 people that visit the facility and learn about invasive species. The preserve’s transformation teaches about both the damage that invasive species can do and the incredible restoration that can result when invasives are intensely managed. From a letter of support: “We welcome Jason’s work that has led to transforming a city-owned property into a nature preserve with myriad habitats.”
The 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference will be held in scenic Duluth, Minnesota on October 20-22, 2014 to exchange information on all invasive aquatic and terrestrial plant, animal, insect and pathogen species.
The goal of UMISC is to strengthen management of invasive species, especially prevention, control, and containment. Expected audience includes: researchers, land managers, natural resource professionals, university personnel, landscape and nursery professionals, agriculture and forestry employees, environmental specialists, lake association members, land owners, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and anyone interested in managing the spread of invasive species in the Upper Midwest.
Visit: http://www.umisc2014.org/ for more information.