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!
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!
10th Annual Symposium
Nasty Aquatic Plant & Animal Species: Got ‘em? Get ‘em!
As usual, our 10th Annual Education Symposium was informative and fun! This year’s guest speakers, Paul Skawinski and Brad Steckart, shared information regarding exotic aquatic plant and animal species which are invading our region. Early detection, identification and prompt best management techniques will reduce the negative impacts of these unwelcomed invaders. Symposium attendees celebrated this year’s Sweat Equity Award Winner, Ruth Marshall who diligently strives to educate government officials and the public on invasive plant species issues. Everyone enjoyed local food refreshments and fifteen lucky raffle winners returned home with over $2,800 in donated prizes! Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Education Symposium: November 14, 2018!
Raffle items and local refreshments were generously donated by:
Clarke Aquatic Services, Colectivo Coffee, Cousins Subs, Green Bay Packers, Kate Redmond Photography, Kwik Trip, Lac Lawrann Conservancy, Milwaukee Admirals, Milwaukee Brewers, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Outpost Natural Foods, Ozaukee County, Riveredge Nature Center, River Revitalization Foundation, Schlitz Audubon, The Prairie Enthusiasts, Urban Ecology Center, Washington County, Wehr Nature Center, Wilde Subaru, Woodman's Markets and MORE!
Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding that made this website possible!
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