The quarterly electronic newsletter of the
Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium
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, 11 teams formed by 734 volunteers helped to raise funds and awareness while controlling 21,380 lbs. (almost 11 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 wild areas that we love!
The tax-deductible 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 hard-working 2018 teams and their many generous sponsors.
For the first time in competition history, the prestigious traveling trophy was retained by last year's winners, the River Revitalization Foundation Team (RRF). Assiduous RRF team members Sierra Taliaferro, Robin Cassar, Mandy Traughber, Vince Bushell and Aaron Zeleske pulled 6,300 pounds of invasive plant material with the help of 110 volunteers from numerous sources including Fox Point Lutheran Church, Maryland Ave. Montessorri Garden Team, Ryan Company, TMJ 4, US Bank Green Team, Lakefront Brewery, RRF's FORB volunteers, RRF's Earn and Learn, and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District.
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 pulls in the most donations wins the trophy which traditionally travels throughout our eight-county region.
Join the fun! It’s never too soon to begin recruiting 2019 Pull-A-Thon Teams. Will the impressive trophy be passed to YOUR team in 2019, or will the River Revitalization Foundation team win the competition and keep the trophy for yet another year?
Got garlic mustard? If you would like to form a Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon Team in 2019 and add your worksite location to our event, please email us at: .