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These are just a few ways that citizens might get involved in aquatic invasive species education. Gov. Jim Doyle has proclaimed June Invasive Species Awareness Month in Wisconsin. All month, Wisconsin residents and visitors will learn about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species at workshops, field trips and lectures, and through newspapers, television and radio.
"We are privileged to enjoy Wisconsin's many high-quality forests, waterways, wetlands and agricultural areas," says Gov. Doyle. "They are essential to the quality of life we've come to expect here in our great state. It is important that we acknowledge the growing threat from invasive species to our natural resources and work to find solutions."
Invasive Species Awareness Month is an opportunity to elevate the discussion and take action. Legislators are considering increased funding for invasive species monitoring and control in the biennial budget. Trained groups such as "Clean Boats, Clean Waters" are taking an active role in invasive species education, monitoring and management. State, regional and federal groups have joined forces in coordinated efforts to control invasives.
The legislature created the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species to address how invasives harm Wisconsin's ecological and economic resources as well as human health.
The state's first Invasive Species Awareness Month lays a foundation for future June awareness months. About 460 potential partners across the state will lead awareness events. An Awareness Month Planning Committee represents nonprofit conservation organizations and state agencies.
The goal is to provide opportunities for extended learning and involvement to better control invasives. The motto of Invasive Species Awareness Month is: "Through awareness comes positive change."
The first priority is to prevent new introductions into Wisconsin. The second priority is to prevent the spread of invasive species that are already in the state. Invasive Species Awareness Month provides an opportunity to help citizens become part of the solution by stopping the introduction, transport and spread of invasive species. They can learn how to:
Would you like to lead an Invasive Species Awareness Month activity? Are you wondering what events are taking place in your area? Visit Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species to find tips on leading events, educational resources, a media kit, a speakers bureau, press-ready articles for distribution and publication, an image library, an experts contact list and list of Invasive Species Awareness Month events across the state.
Amy Staffen is the invasive species education coordinator for the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species.