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.
SEWISC currently has a limited amount of funding to provide for invasive species control.
These funds were provided to SEWISC by the We Energies Foundation
*And, click here to find a separate opportunity to obtain funds for controlling invasive species in Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and/or Washington Counties offered by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust - Deadline for this application is March 17, 2017*
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative is committed to supporting and building strong partnerships with local like-minded organizations: This has been accomplished through its Community Partners give-back program for more than 20 years. We are proud to annouce that SEWISC has been chosen as one of Outpost's 2017 partners!
Every year four locally-based non-profit organizations partner with Outpost in order to build greater community awareness of the group for the co-op’s owners, shoppers and staff, and also to raise funds. Each organization receives a $3000 donation from Outpost, an opportunity to partner with Outpost on an additional fundraising event and one-fourth of the earned interest from Outpost’s Co-op Community Fund, an endowment arm of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation that supports co-op development across the United States. An additional $1,600 was raised through an Outpost staff payroll donation program for Outpost’s 2016 Community Partners.
Building strong community partnerships is a key part of what Outpost does as an organization. According to Pam Mehnert, Outpost’s General Manager, “Cooperatives have long been leaders in their communities when it comes to many kinds of social integration. Outpost's Community Partners program is a perfect example of the co-op business model strengthening community relationships.”
Watch for special events to highlight SEWISC's partnership with Outpost during the months of April, May and June this year.
Our Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser event, where we encourage youth and adults throughout southeastern Wisconsin to protect the woodlands of their neighborhoods by pulling this invasive plant. This year, our goal is to collectively pull 10,000 pounds and raise essential funds for the fight against invasive species!
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. Help raise funds for environmental education and a sustainable invasives program at the same time that you help to reduce garlic mustard seed production in 2017.
2017 Pull-A-Thon Teams are currently forming throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
If you would like to form a Team and add your garlic mustard-infested location to our event, please email us at: . Learn more by taking a look at the Team Leader Guidelines.
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive plant that’s taking over ourwoodlands. It crowds out our beautiful 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 points and a rocket boost! Help us remove these invaders from priority locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin as part of an effort to keep our local natural areas healthy.
Raise funds for SEWISC, the only regional organization dedicated to invasive species prevention, education, management and control in southeastern Wisconsin, and for your l
ocal natural areas while you help to control garlic mustard. Recruit friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your pulling efforts. A small contribution from each in support of this important work will add up to a substantial fund for crucial management of invasive species in our region, and will be a great way to educate your sponsors about the importance of managing invasives. This is a fun way that you can make a real difference in the protection of the wild areas that you love.
All proceeds will be will be used for invasive species education, prevention and control in southeastern Wisconsin. All pledge contributions are tax-deductible. A trophy and bragging rights will be awarded to the team with the most donations and bags of pulled garlic mustard/dame’s rocket by June 30, 2017.
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