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.
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.
With the recent annual meeting, the addition of new partners, and a new 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.
So if you are looking for a way to help WRISC, consider joining an action team. The next Action Team conference calls will be held in September, but the teams also communicate via email.
For general questions, or if you are interested in joining an Action Team, contact Emily Anderson at 906-774-1550x104 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information at the Action Teams Page.
The 2014 season is here! Find out how you can stop the spread of invasives at upcoming WRISC events! 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.
Coming in September...
Join us in Florence at the Spread Eagle Barrens for a volunteer workday controlling woody invasives. Check back for details on a date and time.
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.
Michigan is making strides in the management of invasive species. In particular, AIS has been a key issue for the MI DNR and DEQ (visit their website for more info at http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_8314---,00.html ) The state legislature recently approved general funds of $5 million for 2015 to go towards invasive species management (both terrestrial and aquatic). WRISC's partners at the Dickinson Conservation District have learned that the state is looking to target groups such as weed cooperatives and conservation districts to distribute grant funds, which could drastically increase WRISC's presence on the Michigan side of the border.
The Wisconsin DNR is accepting public comments on the proposed changes through June 30th, so now is the time to let your voice be heard. There will be two public hearings, but comments can also be made via mail, phone, or email. See the DNR's website for more information.
Check out our Spring Newsletter, just in. Read about our highlighted species (Japanese Knotweed), check out some statewide invasives news, learn what project we're working on this year, and mark your calendars with our upcoming events.
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
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