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.
Join Us For Our 10th Annual Symposium
Nasty Aquatic Plant & Animal Species: Got ‘em? Get ‘em!
This year’s guest speakers will share 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 organisms.
Paul Skawinski, Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, will share information about problem aquatic plants that are here now and others that are swimming this way.
Brad Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Washington and Waukesha Counties will tell us about invasive animals lurking in our waters.
We will also present our 9th Annual Sweat Equity Award during the Symposium, which honors outstanding Southeastern Wisconsin citizens and organizations for their significant contributions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm our region’s lands, waters, and wetlands. Nomination Forms accepted through October 18th.
The symposium is free and open to the public ************ Delicious local refreshments will be served.
Weed Bags, Signs and Field ID Guides will be on sale (cash only). Free gift with purchases of $20 or more!
In partnership with Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. ™ we recently hosted another successful networking opportunity for land managers, nurserymen, arborists, landscape architects and many other professionals. This fifth event featured presentations, panel discussions, plus educational tours and workshops sharing ways the green industry and land managers can work together to realistically plan and execute restoration of our plant and wildlife communities. Speakers for the event included: Steven Apfelbaum, Dr. Timothy Ehlinger, Alice Thompson and Aaron Feggestad.
The purpose of the forum is to promote personal dialog between professional groups that have not traditionally shared their knowledge and experience. Each annual meeting continues the development of working relationships to create business opportunities and help improve the state of our ecological communities.
A big thank you to our sponsors! Without their financial support this event would not be possible.
Here's a peek at our recent Season 5 and past Forums:
Season 5: Let's get real about restoration; Season 5 Program
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.
Our Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser event, where we encourage folks throughout southeastern Wisconsin to protect the woodlands of their neighborhoods by pulling this invasive plant. Our 2017 goal was to collectively pull 10,000 pounds and raise essential funds for the fight against invasive species. We are happy to report that our goal was met and greatly exceeded!
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.
This year, 842 dedicated residents formed 12 volunteer teams which helped to raise funds and awareness while controlling 36,585 pounds (over 18 tons) of garlic mustard and dame's rocket in our natural areas! Volunteers recruited friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their pulling efforts. This is a fun way to make a real difference in the protection of the wild areas that we love.
$1,900 in pledged contributions was collectively raised this year by team members and shared between SEWISC and the event partners. These funds will be used for adult and youth invasive species education, prevention and control in southeastern Wisconsin.
Our impressive traveling trophy is passed annually to the team with the most bags of pulled garlic mustard and/or dame’s rocket, and this year the winner is the River Revitalization Foundation Team which pulled an impressive 11,040 pounds!
Team Leader, Joanna Demas worked hard to recruit volunteers from numerous sources including FedEx, MMSD, Operation Dream, Lakefront Brewery, Cream City Conservation, Colectivo Coffee, RRF's Earn and Learn, FORB volunteers, Riverview Dorms, Cambridge Commons, Gordon Brothers Accuval, Johnson Control and City Year. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed protecting the seven natural areas managed by the Foundation.
The traveling Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon Trophy was passed to Joanna Demas (River Revitalization Foundation Land Manager) by Phyllis Mckenzie who represented our 2016 winning team, Riveredge Nature Center. Mike Grisar (SEWISC Board Vice-President) officiated the ceremony on August 2, 2017. Stop by the River Revitalization Foundation headquarters on N Riverboat Road in Milwaukee to admire the trophy over the next year!
Many thanks to all of you who got outdoors, pulled garlic mustard, told your neighbors about this invasive plant, and reported your progress as part of the 2017 event. Remember, it's never to early to start planning for next year's Pull-A-Thon competition - JOIN US!
Help us to brand and market this exciting annual fundraiser! For a limited time, SEWISC is accepting proposals from creative minds to develop the Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon program to full potential. CLICK HERE for more information.
Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding that made this website possible!
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