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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.
WRISC Annual Meeting June 1st!
Join WRISC for our 8th
Annual Meeting on June 1, 2016 at the Florence Natural Resources and Wild
Rivers Interpretive Center in Florence, Wisconsin. Free and open to the public, this event is a
great chance to learn more about what is being done to manage aquatic and
terrestrial invasive species in the area.
The all-day event will feature morning presentations from WRISC Partners and guest speakers on topics including aquatic invasive environmental DNA monitoring, Oak Wilt, and new invasive plants to watch for. WRISC Coordinator Emily Anderson will give an update on WRISC’s projects for 2016, and guest speaker Ryan Wheeler of the Michigan DNR will talk about progress in invasive species management across the state of Michigan. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view educational displays, connect with invasive species managers from across the area, and discover which outstanding WRISC member will be given this year’s WRISC’er of the year award. Whether you are a landowner, land manager, water recreationist, public official, or related staff or business, there will be something to learn.
begins at 8:30 AM for the Program portion of the Annual Meeting which will run
from 9am to Noon. Attendees can stay for
an optional lunch ($5) and the afternoon business portion of the meeting will
continue at 12:45 for Partners to elect the new Board of Directors, followed by the Board meeting at 1:00pm.
For more information, or to bring a display, contact Emily Anderson at email@example.com or (906)774-1550 ex 102.
NEW! WRISC Partner Survey
The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition wants to hear from you, our Partners! In an effort
to get as much feedback as possible on WRISC activities, in a easy format, we
have developed an online poll through Goggle Forms. The answers from this poll will help the
Board and staff to evaluate how well we are meeting our strategic management
goals, and what priorities we should have moving forward. It also includes questions to gauge our
communication with Partners.
This survey is for all WRISC formal Partners, their employees, members, and agents that work with WRISC and/or manage invasive species in the area. For any questions or comments contact Emily Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-774-1550x102.
times will vary based on the level of detail you wish to give, but it
should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. To access the the
survey go to http://goo.gl/forms/58pmmWM6zX.
Thank you for your time and feedback.
Spring 2016 Newsletter!
April Board Meeting
For more information contact Coordinator Emily Anderson at email@example.com or 906-774-1550x102.
NEW Thistle ID Brochure is Here!
WRISC just recently completed this Invasive Thistle ID brochure with help from our Education and Outreach action team!
A big thanks to our funding sources which supported both the creation and printing of this brochure: The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development; The Wisconsin DNR Weed Management Area Private Forest Grant Program; and The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council. Thanks to their support hard copies of this brochure are available for invasive species management groups across the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin.
If you are interested in receiving hard copies of this brochure, contact Emily Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-774-1550x102. Look for these brochures at our office (420 N Hooper Street Kingsford, MI) or coming soon to our Partner locations!
2016 Board Meeting Schedule
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.