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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.
Spring 2015 Newsletter!
Wisconsin Invasives Law May be Changing Soon!
After several proposed revisions, and a public comment period, the changes are expected to be in place as early as May or June.
Several of the changes can affect home and landowners since many landscape plants will be 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 as soon as the new law goes into affect, newly regulated species cannot be brought into the state. You may be able to buy several of these species in Michigan, but it will soon be illegal to bring them into Wisconsin.
Above: Japanese Barberry is one of the many species set for regulation. Note, several horticultural plants will only have specific cultivars, or varieties, regulated.
For more information, visit the Wisconsin DNR website.
May Action Team Meetings
Terrestrial Action Team: Thursday May 7th at 3:00pm
AIS Action Team: Tuesday May 12th at 9:00am
Organizational Development Action Team: Thursday May 14th at 9:00am
Monitoring Action Team: This team will not be meeting in May due to schedule conflicts.
Education/Outreach Action Team: This team will not be meeting in May, instead they will be assisting the Coordinator in various projects via email.
WRISC Annual Meeting June 3rd!
WRISC Board Meeting April 1st
Didn't make the meeting? Visit our Documents page to view meeting handouts. For more information, contact WRISC Coordinator Emily Anderson at email@example.com or 906-774-1550x102.
A big thanks to the state park for waiving reservation and vehicle fees for our meeting!
WRISC Strategic Management Plan DRAFT!
This plan worked off of our existing Management Plan, using WRISC goal and objectives (with a few additions) and creating strategic actions to accomplish them.
Now, we need help from WRISC partners, members, and area citizens. Tell us what you want to see WRISC doing over the next few years!
The plan to the right includes changes and suggestions from the Board of Directors and the WRISC Action Teams. We are hoping to have the plan complete this summer, but there is still time to submit your suggestions! Review the plan and send any comments to Emily Anderson at 906-774-1550x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.