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.
Our 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 five years ago, teams have collectively pulled more than 44 tons of garlic mustard and dame’s rocket! This year, our goal is to collectively pull 10,000 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!
2018 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, 2018
Help raise funds for environmental education and a sustainable invasives program at the same time that you reduce garlic mustard seed production in 2018!
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!
This class fills fast! Many residents in southeastern Wisconsin work to control invasive plants in the areas we care about. Take this class to ensure that you are using the most appropriate, efficient, up-to-date, and least environmentally damaging methods in those efforts.
September 29, 2018; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Workshop fee: $60.00
Discounted fee of $45 offered to current SEWISC members
Contact us for details: (262) 675-6844
Available for 0.8 CEU
This is a hands-on class. After an introduction to the general ecology of the five functional groups of invasive plants (shrubs, perennial forbs, clonal perennials, grasses, and annuals/biennials), we will discuss, demonstrate and practice all applicable control methods (chemical and non-chemical) for these five plant types.
Topics will also include: 1) Identification of our common and relatively new invaders, 2) Planning and strategy for an effective control program, 3) Use of hand tools and herbicide application methods, 4) Herbicide concentrations, mixing, and safety, 5) Restoration strategies for badly infested sites, and 6) Record keeping. Several take-home handouts and reference materials will be provided. Register today!
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!
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