Learn More About WRISC!

WRISC's mission may seem pretty straighforward: stop invasive species! But actually WRISC's goals are detailed, strategic, and constantly adapting to our changing landscape!


The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC), as a multi-partner organization representing five counties in two states, is dedicated to the management of invasive species on our lands and waters through cooperation, education, prevention, and control.

WRISC's Strategic Goals

The primary goals of WRISC are to:

  • Raise awareness about invasive species in the WRISC area

  • Prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species through monitoring, early detection, and rapid response

  • Address known populations of invasive species utilizing Integrated Invasive Species Management methods where appropriate

  • Consider restoration during invasive species projects

  • Continually work to enhance collaboration among all stakeholders involved with WRISC


Prevention through Education

 WRISC’s educational outreach is focused on increasing awareness of the problem of invasive species and the role that humans play in spreading invasive plants and animals, and helping people take action in their own communities.  Through education, the public can help to reduce the impact of invasive species in the WRISC management area.  


Early Detection and
Rapid Response


WRISC places a high emphasis on detecting new species and populations of invasives early, and rapidly responding with control and eradication efforts.  These control efforts are the most cost effective and provide a high return on investment. 


Control and Management

WRISC supports and encourages the control and management of invasive species and participates directly as funding allows.  The following objectives will allow management to be addressed strategically using information, prioritization, and integrated techniques, resulting in more effective and efficient results. 



Restoration of ecosystems and landscapes to their natural and native form is the ultimate long-term goal of any invasive species management campaign.  WRISC is committed to pursuing and encouraging restoration where appropriate and feasible. 


Organizational Collaboration and Stability

The long-term success of WRISC is dependent on the structure and strength of the organization and Partnership.  One of WRISC’s goals is to maintain and strengthen collaboration, which will expand the organization’s capacity to accomplish all other goals. 


To learn more about WRISC's goals and strategies, check out the Strategic Management Plan on the Documents page

Meet The Team


Lindsay Peterson

WRISC Coordinator

Lindsay holds a BS in Environmental Geoscience with an emphasis in Water Science from Northland College. She has been with WRISC since 2015 and has been the Coordinator of WRISC since 2017.
Originally from Foster City, Lindsay loves being able to work with the local community she grew up in.
In her free time, Lindsay enjoys backpacking, gardening, & adventuring with her family & two dogs. 


Kyle Hafeman

WRISC Project Manager

Kyle holds a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Lake Superior State University. He has been with WRISC since 2018 and has been a Project Manager since the Fall of 2018. Raised in Menominee County, Kyle is excited to be able to protect the natural resources and preserve the natural beauty of the area that he knows so well. His favorite pastimes include fishing, gaming and being around his new family.

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Katherine Mentel

WRISC Project Manager

Katherine is working toward her Associates in Environmental Science and Certification in GIS from Bay De Noc Community College.  Katherine has been with WRISC since 2018 and has been a Project Manager since the Fall of 2019. Raised in the Iron Mountain area, Katherine is grateful for the opportunity to protect the area she grew up loving. In her free time, Katherine enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with family. 


For the 2021 season, WRISC welcomes Dana Nelson, Mason Schinderle, and Mackenzie McClure to the Strike Team. Learn more about them on our blog post, "There's New WRISCer's in Town!"

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