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Got garlic mustard? Join the competition!

spring news1Our Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser. Young people and adults throughout Southeastern Wisconsin work to protect the woodlands of their neighborhoods by forming teams to pull this invasive plant.

Since the Pull-A-Thon began eight years ago, teams have collectively pulled more than 78 tons of garlic mustard and dame’s rocket! Each year, our goal is to collectively pull 20,000 pounds and raise funds to fight invasive species.

The pull-a-thon is a competition, a fundraiser, and a way for people to join together to have a positive impact on their environment. Our natural areas need your help to avoid the damage that invasives cause!

Each spring Pull-A-Thon Teams are forming throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. A trophy and bragging rights will be awarded to the team that pulls the most garlic mustard/dame’s rocket and pulls in the most donations by June 30.

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Help raise funds for environmental education and a sustainable invasives program at the same time that you reduce garlic mustard seed production!

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Why Are We Pulling?

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive plant that’s taking over our woodlands. It crowds out our native wildflowers and endangers forests by preventing tree seedlings from growing. To make matters worse, none of our native insects or wildlife eat it!

Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis), another invasive member of the mustard family, can be pulled and bagged along with garlic mustard during the competition, giving each team extra pounds we call a Rocket Boost!

 

Invasive Species Management Sign

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 2019SEWISCsign start colorqrmanage 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.

The high-quality 9x12 inch aluminum signs are available for only $20.00 each or two for $35.00 (price includes shipping and handling).  Want to order more than two?  Contact us at:  for a price quote.

To order just download, complete, print and send a SEWISC Sign Order Form with your payment.  Supplies are limited!

 

SEWISC Assistance Program

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As annual funding allows, SEWISC provides small grants to members for invasive species control projects

  • Requests for applications are generally made in January, applications due in February and awards announced in March.
  • Funding can only be used for on-the-ground invasive species control projects, benefitting native wildlife communities.
  • This Program is a benefit of membership to SEWISC members. All applicants must be current members of SEWISC.
  • Preference is given to qualified applicants/projects not funded in the previous year.
  • Assistance awards are 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.
  • Projects must be completed by the last day of the year awarded with final reports due 31 days later.

Past funding for the Assistance Program provided by:

We Energies Foundation and James E. Dutton Foundation Inc.

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Below is a list of Past Assistance Program Awardees by year:

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