The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) is a partnership of federal, state and local government agencies, land managers, utility companies, civic organizations, 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 that can have devastating ecological and economical impacts to communities. Healthy forestry and agricultural production, native fish and wildlife habitat, and water recreational activities are all at risk to these growing invasive populations. Because some of these species are widely dispersed across the landscape and jurisdictional boundaries, this cooperative partnership is combining multi-agency resources and expertise to coordinate public education, workgroup activities, control methods and promote best management practices to help slow the spread of these invaders.
WRISC will hold a free training for the public on June 27th to enlist support for rapid response to both land and water invasive species. The event will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm in the lower level conference room of the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center located in Florence, WI by the intersection of Highway US-2 and Highway 70. Come learn about the “most UN-wanted” invasives and how you can take an active role in responding to new infestations in our area, because the most effective time to treat an infestation is when they are new to an area and populations are small. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, boater, or landowner large or small, you will find this training enlightening as you learn to look more closely at how these invasive species impact our area and how you can help reduce these impacts. Even if you can’t contribute an active role, feel free to come and learn about this topic---families and youth groups are welcome.
WRISC is a partnership between agencies and groups across NE Wisconsin and southern Upper Peninsula, who have joined together to share resources, knowledge, and control efforts relating to invasive species. The June 27th training is free and open to anyone in Dickinson, Florence, Forest, Menominee and Marinette Counties. Reservations are appreciated. Call the Mari Dallapiazza at the Dickinson Conservation District or visit www.wrisc.org for more information (906) 774-8441.
Zebra Mussels in Keyes Lake and the Menominee River Watershed Final Public Meeting
Since the spring of 2011, a significant project has been ongoing that addresses zebra mussels in Keyes Lake (Florence County, WI) and the Menominee River Watershed. This project received funding from a WDNR Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant (Subchapter II - Education, Prevention, and Planning Projects). The project had three major emphases: education and response, graduate student research, and Keyes Lake management. The initial project is almost complete and there are several important products that have resulted: (1) a strategic plan for zebra mussels in the Menominee River Watershed, (2) an adaptive management plan for Keyes Lake (including an aquatic plant management plan and zebra mussel plan), (3) a master's degree thesis that was prepared for University of Wisconsin-Steven Point and reports the results of the research component, and (4) education and response activities aimed at containing zebra mussels and other AIS.
The June 24th, 2013 meeting is scheduled to present on the various activities and products of the project. This meeting is open to the public and will be from 9:00-12:00 (CT) in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Florence Natural Resource Center in Florence, WI. Presenters include Dean Premo (Senior Ecologist, White Water Associates), Maureen Ferry (former AIS coordinator in Florence County, former UW-SP graduate student, and now WDNR statewide AIS monitoring lead), Angie Stine (Aquatic Biologist, White Water Associates), Laura Herman (Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, University of Wisconsin-Extension), Jime Kreitlow (WDNR, Lakes Biologist), and Mari Dallapiazza (Coordinator, WRISC).