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.
Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) has recently been discovered in Sheboygan County. Early detection of this Wisconsin Prohibited Species has resulted in rapid control with the vital help of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and local homeowners.
Don’t confuse our native American cow parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) and other similar plants with giant hogweed . Use on-line resources, printed materials and great educational videos to differentiate between the species, carefully examine the plant and if you are still unsure, send photos to the WDNR. If you believe you have giant hogweed growing in your area, contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. And, if you happen across a patch of American cow parsnip, stop and appreciate the beauty of this massive native perennial (from a safe distance!).
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. This year, our goal is to collectively pull 5,000 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.
This year, 361 dedicated residents formed ten volunteer teams which helped to raise funds and awareness while controlling 13,500 pounds 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.
More than $3,000.00 in pledged contributions was raised by team members and shared between SEWISC and the event partners. The funds will be used for 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 Caledonia Conservancy Team which pulled 3,450 pounds! The team recruited 90 students from McKinley Middle School Roosevelt’s house led by team leader Amy Pollatz. In addition to the students, there were 11 Caledonia Conservancy adults that helped pull and supervise the students. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed being outdoors at the Trout Ponds/Prairie.
The impressive traveling trophy was awarded to the Caledonia Conservancy staff and volunteers by Andy Holschbach (SEWISC Board of Directors Vice-President). The event was held at the Conservancy’s beautiful Trout Ponds-Prairie property on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Please visit the Caledonia Conservancy website to learn more about their efforts to conserve our natural resources.
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 2015 event!
In 2005 Governor James Doyle demonstrated a firm commitment to address the issue of invasive species in Wisconsin by creating the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species and by declaring June of that year the first annual Invasive Species Awareness Month. That tradition has continued in an effort to raise awareness about non-native invasive plants and animals. This annual event is a great opportunity for the Council to recognize the efforts of outstanding individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary work in combating the spread of invasive species.
We are proud to report that Sherry Speth and Paul Mozina were chosen to receive 2015 awards for their dedicated work in southeastern Wisconsin! The Invader Crusader Awards Ceremony was held on June 5th at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison.
If you need help with species control or education in Sheboygan County, Sherry Speth (middle) is your go-to gal. She is a dedicated volunteer, having committed her time and energy to every aspect of the cause for over ten years. Sherry is a volunteer at Kohler-Andrae State Park. Thanks to her, the park has been able to develop and enhance their gardens and to confront the many invasive plants that are endangering the native vegetation in the park's landscape. Due to her hard work, Sherry was awarded the park's Volunteer of the Year award in 2010. Since then, she has continued her efforts to work on both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species both in the park and on other public and private lands. One nominator wrote, “Sherry’s past efforts have produced direct benefits to the environment, provided outreach and education to an unmeasurable number of youth and adult groups and provided invasive population maps to roadway crews. Her experience, expertise, energy and dedication will continue to positively impact this region for years to come.”
Paul Mozina (on right) has been involved in invasive species outreach and control since 1996. He is currently a volunteer at the Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Southern Unit. Paul is leading an effort to restore about 137 acres of land surrounding the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail by removing all invasive plant species from the area, including buckthorn, garlic mustard, phragmites, spotted knapweed, and purple loosestrife, to name a few. His work in this area is part of the overall management of the Scuppernong River Habitat Area, which is the largest native wet prairie east of the Mississippi River. In 2013, he and approximately 11 volunteers contributed about 1,400 hours of labor. Paul and his fellow volunteers are no stranger to hard work; it’s a real labor of ecological love, plus a few shovels. According to one of Mr. Mozina’s nominators, he works “year-round, virtually non-stop, including the unforgiving winter months” and is an inspiration to both his peer volunteers and those who learn from his work. In fact, many of the volunteers who work with Paul first learned about invasive species issues in Wisconsin when they ran into him working along a trail, wondering what he was up to.
Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding that made this website possible!
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