The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) is a partnership of local, state and federal government agencies, land managers, utility companies, civic organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in implementing a comprehensive plan to manage the invasive species found in northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
The local cooperative is led by a Board of Directors focused on reducing the spread of invasive plants and animals. These non-native species can have devastating ecological and economic impacts to communities. Healthy forestry and agricultural production, native fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational activities and properties are all at risk to these growing invasive populations. Because some of the species are widely dispersed across the landscape and jurisdictional boundaries, this coalition is combining multi-agency resources and expertise to coordinate public education, workgroup activities, control methods and promote best management practices that will help slow the spread of these invaders.
On August 20, 2014, the aquatic invasive species known as Spiny Waterflea (Bythotrephes cederstroemi) was identified in Butternut Lake in northern Forest County.
Never heard of this latest invader? Watch the video below to learn more!
More information on Spiny Waterflea:
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention - It's the law!
Wisconsin Boat and Bait Laws and Wisconsin NR-40 Invasives Law
(For a full listing of events, see our calendar. To view pictures from previous events, visit our photos page.)
WRISC Board meetings are not just for the board of directors, but WRISC partners, members, or any interested members of the public. The meetings feature information/discussion on WRISC organizational needs, coordinator reports, and action team reports, among other things.
November 4, 2014 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI
The Upper Peninsula Invasive Council (UPIC) is pleased to present the Fifth Annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference: The Dry, the Wet and the Ugly. The event will take place on November 4th, 2014 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, beginning at 9:00 am until 3:30 pm (Eastern time). We are excited to have put together facilitated strategy sessions, panel discussions, and informational presentations this year incorporating several professionals from across the region. The theme of: “The Dry, the Wet and the Ugly” allowed us to focus on a wide range of invasive management efforts and concepts currently employed in the U.P. as well as on possible long-term management strategies specific to the area. We all know that plants and animals ignore political boundaries, and so it is natural for us to unite together and work collaboratively, pooling our knowledge and resources in the Great Lakes region.
For a full line up of conference sessions, and registration materials visit the UP RC&D Council's website.
Check out this great PSA from the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Campaign, targeting waterfowl hunters who are often overlooked when it comes to AIS education and outreach.
If you are a waterfowl hunter in Wisconsin, please consider taking a poll investigating AIS prevention knowledge among waterfowl hunters. Results of the survey will be used to guide future outreach on AIS prevention in the state.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/npkxk8ato take the poll online.
Or, print off a copy of this survey pdf.
Wonder what WRISC has been up to this summer? Or what's happening in invasive news? Check it out in our Summer Newsletter, featuring a plant profile on European Marsh Thistle. To receive newsletters, and other WRISC updates by email, sign up for our mailing list in the right hand column.
Additional links to WRISC Invasive news stories mentioned in the newsletter:
More Wisconsin counties quarantined for EAB:
Monitor a natural or recreation area for invasives, and protect the places you love.
WRISC recently secured funding from the WI DNR Citizen Based Monitoring Program for our 2014-2015 Adopt a Spot Program in Forest, Florence, and Marinette counties!
Now, we are looking any citizens or groups (clubs, volunteer organizations, schools, etc.) who want to help protect their favorite places from invasive species.
It's simple, our coordinator will work with you or your group to pick a spot (like a park or trail) near you to adopt, and then help train everyone ON SITE how to identify and monitor for invasives.
To learn more, go to our Adopt a Spot webpage.
Take action and join one of WRISC's Action Teams! These teams are like committees, focusing their efforts on specific areas of invasive species and the WRISC organization. Teams meet every other month, usually by conference call, and communicate the rest of the time via phone and email. Action teams are vital to WRISC and help to plan events, research topics, and provide valuable information for the board of directors.
WRISC is also actively seeking new Action Team members. A variety of team members help the action teams to address needs throughout the entire WRISC coverage area, but when participation is low, it is difficult for outlying counties and communities to be represented.
The teams meet by conference call on odd numbered months, and communicate the rest of the time via email as needed.
For general questions, or if you are interested in joining an Action Team, contact Emily Anderson at 906-774-1550x104 or email@example.com. You can also find more information at the Action Teams Page.
Did you know that WRISC will be writing invasive management plans for private forested properties in Wisconsin? We are still actively seeking applications, so now is the time to apply! If you, or someone you know are interested, check out our Private Forest Project page.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources just released the White-Nose Syndrome has been confirmed in three counties in Michigan, including Dickinson County. At the same time, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also released confirmation of White-Nose in one county in the southwestern part of the state. The disease affects cave dwelling bat species and is caused by a fungus. First discovered in 2006 in New York, White-Nose has been spreading from the northeast ever since. With no known treatment, to-date the disease has killed up to 5 million bats and can kill up to 95% of bats in infected caves.
The Wisconsin press release can be seen at http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3169
For the Michigan press release go to http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10371_10402-325890--,00.html