The quarterly electronic newsletter of the
Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium
The Traveling Trophy Finds Another New Home
Our Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon is an annual event, when we encourage people throughout southeastern Wisconsin to protect the woodlands of their neighborhoods by pulling this invasive plant. 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.
This spring, 10 teams formed by 522 volunteers helped to raise funds and awareness while controlling 26,258 pounds (over 13 tons!) of garlic mustard and dame's rocket in our natural areas. Volunteers recruited friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their pulling efforts. What a fun way to make a real difference in the protection of the wild areas that we love!
The tax-deductable Pull-A-Thon pledge contributions were shared between SEWISC and event partners and the funds will be used for youth and adult invasive species education and prevention in southeastern Wisconsin. Thank you to all the 2016 teams and their generous sponsors.
The prestigous traveling trophy was recently passed from last year's winners, the Caledonia Conservancy Land Trust Team to the Riveredge Nature Center Team (RNC) during a ceremony on August 1st. The industrious winning team pulled 6,840 pounds of invasive plant material with the help of 67 volunteers including the RNC's Habitat Healers, Girl Scout Troop #40093 from Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts and local Grafton Kohl's Associates.
The 2016 Pull-a-Thon Winning Team was organized by RNC and included volunteers such as the RNC Habitat Healers, Girl Scout Troop #40093 and local Grafton Kohl's Associates.
The Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon Trophy is a team-to-team award for outstanding dedicated efforts to control invasive species in southeastern Wisconsin. Each year, the team who pulls the largest amount of garlic mustard and/or dame’s rocket and raises the most donations wins the trophy which travels throughout our eight-county region.
Join the fun! It’s never too soon to begin recruiting 2017 Pull-A-Thon Teams. Will the impressive trophy be passed to YOUR team in 2017, or will Riveredge Nature Center win the competition and keep the trophy for another year?