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New Website Layout
Welcome to the newly updated WRISC website. We have recently updated our layout, including the rearrangement of several pages. Over the coming year we also hope to add additional pages, information, and resources.
As with any change, we realize there may be some glitches. If you experience any problems, such as links that do not work, or if you have any comments on the new layout, contact the WRISC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-774-1550x102.
Non-native invasive species can have devastating ecological and economic impacts to communities. Industries such as forestry, agriculture, and outdoor recreation are all at risk, as are native fish and wildlife habitats. Invasive species are often widely dispersed across the landscape, and do not respect geopolitical boundaries. As such, this coalition strives to combine multi-agency resources and expertise to coordinate education and management of invasive species across borders, promoting best management practices that will help to slow the spread of these invaders.
Our cooperative is led led by a Board of Directors, and operates by donations and grant awards. Want to learn more about how you can help battle invasive species in the WRISC area? Check out our Calendar for upcoming events or contact the WRISC Coordinator for more information.
July Action Team Meetings
With WRISC in the middle of action this field season, the July action team meetings will be a bit shorter than usual, but no less important. Join any WRISC action team meeting by calling in to our conference call line at the scheduled time. Dial 401-283-4156 and enter code 34985. For any questions, or to receive a copy of the meeting agendas, contact Emily Anderson at email@example.com or 906-774-1550x102.
Education and Outreach Action Team: July 7th at 3:00pm
Organizational Development Action Team: July 9th at 9:00am
AIS Action Team: July 22nd at 1:00pm
Terrestrial Action Team: July 27th at 3:00pm
New WRISC 2015-2016 Board of Directors!
Welcome New WRISC Partners!
Many Waters LLC
School District of Florence County
Forest County Land and Water Resources Department
Alliance of the Northern States Working to Ensure Regional Stability (ANSWERS)
Nicolet Sportsman's Club
Bureau of Land Management Northeastern States District
New Documents Approved by Board of Directors
NEW 2015 Memorandum of Understanding
A momentous occasion, members the WRISC Board and Organizaional Development Action Team have worked on this document for over a year, and were happy to see it finally enacted.
Signatory pages are being distributed to the 27 Partners that will be signing this document. For a full list of 2015 Partners, visit the Partners Page on this website.
Updates to By-Laws and Priority Species List
NEW 2015-2017 Strategic Management Plan
*Thanks to the WE Energies MEF fund and the Wisconsin DNR WMA Grant program for funding Coordinator time to prepare this management plan.*
NEW Permission Forms
New WRISC Brochure!
This brochure focuses on what WRISC is, and what we do. Featuring pictures taken in the WRISC area by staff and Partners, it will aid in invasive species outreach as we aim to expand the WRISC membership and Partner base.
View the online pdf by clicking the photo, or request hard copies of the brochure to distribute in your area by contacting Emily Anderson at 906-774-1550x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stop by our office at 420 N Hooper Street in Kingsford, MI.
Spring 2015 Newsletter!
Wisconsin Invasives Law Updates!
After several proposed revisions, and a public comment period, updates to the law went into effect May 1, 2015.
Several of the changes can affect home and landowners since many landscape plants were added to the regulated list. To mitigate the effects of the law, Wisconsin growers and sellers will have a phase-out period to continue to sell existing stock already in the state.
HOWEVER, citizens in the WRISC area need to be aware that newly regulated species cannot be brought into the state. You may be able to buy several of these species in Michigan, but it is now illegal to bring them into Wisconsin.
Above: Japanese Barberry is one of the many species that are now regulated. Note, several horticultural plants only have specific cultivars, or varieties, regulated.
For more information, visit the Wisconsin DNR website.