Havenwoods Environmental Awareness Center 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209 Google Map Link
Celebrate our 2019 accomplishments, hear about our exciting plans for 2020 and learn how you can become involved!
This year’s speakers, Amy Staffen and Jason Granberg, will discuss Wisconsin’s changing climate and how those changes influence the spread of invasive species. But have hope! We will also learn about new climate adaptation resources that can empower invasive species managers.
Amy Staffen is an ecologist with the Natural Heritage Conservation Program at the Wisconsin DNR in Madison. In addition to conducting surveys of rare plants, birds, and natural communities across the state, Amy develops resources that help land managers adapt their management to a changing climate, and is co-chair of the Plants and Natural Communities Working Group for WICCI (Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts). She also has extensive past experience as an invasive species educator and manager.
Jason Granberg is a Conservation Biologist at the Wisconsin DNR, Central Office in Madison. He focuses on many aspects of invasive species including developing plans with regional CISMAs and landowners for monitoring and control. He has developed multiple spatial models focusing on invasive species habitats, record databases including the Invasive Species Archive, and the Priority Areas for Invasive Species Management model.
Our 11th Annual Sweat Equity Award will be presented during the Symposium, which honors outstanding southeast Wisconsin citizens and organizations for their significant contributions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm our region’s lands, waters, and wetlands. Please consider nominating adults and/or youth with whom you work or those from your community.
Our Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser event, where we encourage folks throughout southeastern Wisconsin to protect the woodlands of their neighborhoods by pulling this invasive plant. Our 2019 goal was to collectively pull 20,000 pounds and raise essential funds for the fight against invasive species. We are happy to report that our goal was not only met but greatly exceeded!
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 year, 576 dedicated residents formed 11 volunteer teams which helped to raise funds and awareness while controlling 24,010 pounds (over 12 tons) of garlic mustard and dame's rocket in 801 acres of 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.
$4,000 in pledged contributions was collectively raised this year by team members and shared between SEWISC and the event partners. These funds will be used for adult and youth invasive species education, prevention and control in southeastern Wisconsin.
The Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon Trophy is a team-to-team award for outstanding dedicated efforts to control invasive species in southeastern Wisconsin. Each year, the team who pulls the hardest to manage invasive species and educate the public wins the trophy which traditionally travels throughout our eight-county region.
This year, the Eagle Nature Trail Team pulled themselves to the top of the 2019 Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon competition by yanking 1,350 pounds of garlic mustard and dame’s rocket and gaining $3,000 in pledges for their efforts! This winning Team also recruited the highest number of 2019 volunteers - 119 - while eradicating the target invasive plants in their 8 acre management area. Eagle Nature Trail has also surpassed all teams in donations for the past 6 competitions; the small team has raised a total of $8,482.00, or an average of $1,413.67 annually. This dedicated Team is also creative in engaging their community; the local police and fire departments had a pulling competition during one of their work days!
Joanna Demas, Team Leader of our 2017 and 2018 Champion River Revitalization Foundation Team, graciously passed the traveling trophy to Eagle Nature Trail Team Leader Jean Weedman during a ceremony officiated by SEWISC Board President, John Lunz. The Pull-A-Thon trophy will be proudly displayed by Eagle Nature Trail throughout the year.
Many thanks to all of you who got outdoors, pulled garlic mustard, told your neighbors about this invasive plant, and reported your progress as part of the 2019 event. And thank you to all you donated to your favorite 2019 Teams! Remember, it's never to early to start planning for next year's Pull-A-Thon competition - Plan to JOIN US!