WRISC was formalized in 2010 when the first round of Partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signifying their support for regional cooperation on invasive species education and management. Since then, WRISC has grown to a coalition of 68 Partners from Michigan and Wisconsin representing citizen groups, organizations, businesses, schools, and federal, state, and local units of government.
You do not need to be a formal Partner to participate in WRISC activities, in fact we have several very active informal members and volunteers that participate in workdays, meetings, and trainings. However, each Partnership is a great benefit which strengthens our Coalition as we continue to seek funding for invasive species management and education across our five-county service area, which includes the Counties of Florence, Forest, and Marinette in Wisconsin, and Dickinson and Menominee in Michigan. A broad base of local support increases WRISC's chances of receiving grants to help prevent the spread of key invasive species threatening our local ecosystems. Grants are our major source of funding. In the past several years, we have secured approximately $650,000 in grants to support local invasive species projects and create jobs. There is no cost to become a Partner, and Partners are eligible for election to the nine-member Board of Directors, the governing body which directs the course of WRISC activities!
We encourage anyone considering becoming a formal partner to attend one of our Board of Directors meetings or speak to a Board member. New Partners are added once a year at WRISC's annual meeting in June. For any questions, or to apply for formal partnership, contact the WRISC coordinator at 906-774-1550x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Current Partners
Alliance of the Northern States Working to Ensure Regional Stability (ANSWERS)
Carney Lake Association
Carney-Nadeau Public School
Town of Homestead
USDA-NRCS Stephenson Field Office
Village of Carney
Village of Powers