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.
The 2017 competition has ended, all teams have reported their numbers and we have declared this year’s winner of the Southeastern Wisconsin Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon! 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, and we try to have fun while doing that!
Our impressive traveling trophy is passed annually to the team that strives to recruit funds for education and pulls the most bags of garlic mustard and/or dame’s rocket. This year our winner is the River Revitalization Foundation Team whose 87 team members pulled 11,040 pounds of mustard and raised $345 in donations!
The traveling Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon Trophy will be transferred to River Revitalization Foundation staff by last year's winning team, Riveredge Nature Center, during an upcoming ceremony in Gordon Park on August 2nd.
Collectively, 842 dedicated residents formed 12 volunteer teams this year, raising funds and awareness while controlling 36,585 pounds (over 18 tons) of garlic mustard and dame's rocket in our natural areas! $1,900.00 in pledged contributions was collectively raised this year by team members and shared between SEWISC and the event partners for continued public education and natural areas managment.
Don’t miss this annual opportunity to network with land managers, nurserymen, arborists, landscape architects and many other professionals. This amazing and innovative series features presentations, panel discussions and guided tours discussing ways the green industry and land managers can benefit each other and our native plant and animal communities.
The purpose of the forum is to promote personal dialog between the two groups that have not traditionally shared their experiences. Each annual meeting continues the development of working relationships to create business opportunities and help improve the state of our ecological communities.
Each full-day event features expert presentations about ways the Green Industry and Land Managers can work together for mutual benefit. A topical panel discussion and educational tours are also scheduled.
Here's a peek at past Forums:
Season 5: Let's get real about restoration (Scheduled for September 20, 2017 - Registration Opens in late August)
Click here to Sponsor this year's Forum!
Where Ecology Meets Economy would not be possible without the ingenuity of former SEWISC Board Member, Michael Yanny and the generosity of our co-sponsor and host, Johnson's Nursery, Inc.
New SEWISC Sign Salutes Individual Efforts
Even the smallest of efforts can make a big difference toward reducing the impact of invasive species. Urban landowners as well as those who own and manage larger acreages can now encourage good stewardship and backyard conservation practices by posting these signs.
Whether you have rural acreage, a suburban yard, or a city lot, you can help protect the environment by controlling invasive species and promoting that stewardship practice to others.
To order just download, complete, print and send a SEWISC Sign Order Form with your payment. Supplies are limited!
Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding that made this website possible!
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