Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.

SEWISC

Shop Local

 Email Header small

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 seven years ago, teams have collectively pulled more than 67 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.

2017champs858x1024

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

Click here to get started

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!

 

2019 Annual Education Symposium & Sweat Equity Awardee

Our 12th Annual Education Symposium was informative and fun!  This year’s guest speakers, Amy Staffen and Jason Granberg, discussed Wisconsin’s changing climate and how those changes influence the spread of invasive species.  We also learned about new climate adaptation resources that can empower invasive species managers. Check out both Amy and Jason's program materials by clicking HERE.

Symposium attendees celebrated this year’s Sweat Equity Award Winner, Tom Schuknecht who is an energetic, dedicated and valuable volunteer at Riveredge Nature Center in Ozaukee County.  Everyone enjoyed local food refreshments and 9 lucky raffle winners returned home with $685 in donated prizes! 

Mark your calendars for our 13th Annual Education Symposium: November 18, 2020.

SE Award 2019 910x1024Symposium 2019 1024x692