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
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.
The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) would like to extend an invitation to groups, organizations, or governing bodies to become formal partners of WRISC. A formal partner expresses their support for regional cooperation on education and management efforts relating to invasive species by signing the Memorandum of Understanding.
There is no cost or obligation once you become a formal partner, but it does allow you to participate more actively in the group as a steering committee member and help direct the activities of the group. If your group/organization is interested in becoming a formal partner of WRISC, see the application form below.
The application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2014. New partners may apply any time of year, but the April 30th deadline allows enough time for the board of directors and current partners to review applications so that new members can be presented at the June 4th annual WRISC meeting.
For any questions, contact Ann Hruska at (906) 774-1550 x101 or email@example.com.
Don't forget to take a look at the WRISC brochure!
WRISC Partners are pleased to announce the addition of Emily Anderson as their new Project Manager and Coordinator. From the Eagle River area, Emily brings her education in Environmental Science and her passion for invasive species management to the team. Her experience in surveying, controlling and mapping invasives will be put to great use, and she also enjoys working with volunteers and landowners. Emily will be stationed primarily out of the Dickinson Conservation District in Kingsford, MI where she can be reached by calling (906) 774-1550 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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