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.
With the field season upon us, it is always a good idea to review herbicide application techniques and to train new staff in proper use of herbicides. Dow Agrosciences has produced a series of application technique videos for brush species. While these videos feature Dow products exclusively, information is applicable to any herbicide used for brush management. The videos demonstrate cut stump, hack-and-squirt, basal bark, and low volume foliar techniques which are effective in southeastern Wisconsin, however, the video for dormant stem applications is intended for brush management in the southern US and has limited use in our region. Each video is also accompanied by a bulleted list of important information for successfully carrying out each application technique. A few minutes of education could help improve efficiency in application and control over the entire year: http://www.dowagro.com/vm/application/applications.htm
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Wild parsnip is currently blooming along our roadways! These pictures were captured on June 13th near Pike Lake (Washington County) and on June 25th near State Highway 60 and County Highway I (Ozaukee County).
Concerned county residents are hitting the road again this summer to continue mapping populations of invasive species that spread to our natural areas, parks, farms and backyards via transportation corridors. The information is used to plan and implement control and management of these species.
To volunteer or to find out more about the 2012 wild parsnip survey email:
Training materials are now available on our website!
In 2011, more than 150 volunteers worked together to map teasel, Japanese knotweed and giant reed grass. This year we will map another problematic species: wild parsnip. All data collected during the roadside surveys are shared with municipal leaders, local land trusts, and private residents in the counties where they were collected. Survey data is also posted on the national database EDDMapS (http://www.eddmaps.org/). This information is valuable for our partners for planning and implementing control measures, and sometimes provides them with their first information about these problem plants. Ultimately the roadside survey maps will help us to build a strong case for the long-term funding of invasive species control and management efforts. For a summary of the 2011 survey results, download our report: PDF
Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding that made this website possible!
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