Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.


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2013 On-the-Ground Efforts

SEWISC Assistance Program

We strive to provide resources for control of invasive species and establishment of native communities in Southeastern Wisconsin.  This year, SEWISC had the opportunity to assist 15 organizations and their volunteers through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding provided by the US Forest Service.  Target control species included: European buckthorn, Asian honeysuckle, Japanese barberry, reed canary grass, purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, dame’s rocket, crown vetch, thistle, teasel, burdock, and common reed grass.

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SEWISC 2013 Annual Symposium

Invasive Species and Our Native Wildlife

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Our 6th Annual Education Symposium was a tremendous success.  This year’s guest speakers, Dr. John Orrock and Dr. Mathew Dornbush, engaged the audience in an informative discussion regarding the dynamic relationship between invasive species and wildlife.  Symposium attendees also enjoyed local food refreshments and celebrating this year’s Sweat Equity Award Winner, Mike Fort from Walworth County.  Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Education Symposium:  November 19, 2014!

Where Ecology Meets Economy

A Forum for Green Industry & Land Management Professionals

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In partnership with Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ we provided an opportunity to network with land managers, nurserymen, arborists, landscape architects and many other professionals. This amazing and innovative event featured presentations, panel discussions, plus guided tours discussing ways the green industry and land managers can benefit each other. Speakers for the event included: Brent McCown, Brian Russart, Steve McCarthy & Michael Yanny. Forum presentations and other materials are now available online: Ecology Meets Economy. The conversation continues and planning for a second Forum is underway so stay tuned!

Got Garlic Mustard?

Organize a 2014 Pull-A-Thon Team

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Get an early start on your long-term garlic mustard control by planning to join the Southeastern Wisconsin 2014 Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon, an annual event where we encourage folks 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. Our natural areas will only avoid damage from invasives with a long-term sustained commitment to invasives control.

Visit our website for the 2013 Pull-A-Thon results: 2013 SEWISC Pull-A-Thon Results. And stay tuned for the 2014 event details.  If you would like to volunteer as a Team Leader in 2014 and add your worksite location to our event, please email us at: .