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To stay current on the latest information about known invasive species and spreading species under investigation, try these websites and contacts:
Invasive Species – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources general invasives information. A good starting point to learn about invasive plants and animals with details about programs to manage invasive species that affect forests, wildlife, parklands and aquatic environments. The site also has an excellent photo gallery of both invasive and non-native plants.
U.S. Forest Service – The U.S. Forest Service website on invasive plants in our region
Collecting and Reporting Guidelines – Guidelines for reporting sightings of invasive species
Protecting Native Plants and Animals – The Nature Conservancy
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic Invasive Species Program – DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Web page
Aquatic Invasive Species – DNR publications on aquatic invasive species
Aquatic Invasive Species – UW Sea Grant
Environmental Resource Center – A Handbook for education efforts
Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin offers many services including a speakers bureau, educational resources and a wonderful list serve.
Weeds Gone Wild – Plant Conservation Alliance's workgroup on alien plant invaders of natural areas
General Plant Identification and Information
WisFlora: Wisconsin Vascular Plant Species – The Wisconsin State Herbarium database and descriptions of Wisconsin vascular plants
Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium – The UW-Stevens Point vascular plant database
Natural Resources Conservation Service – U.S. Department of Agriculture plant database
The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois - The Illinois Natural History Survey website contains macro photographs of seeds, fruits and flowers of native species.
Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest, by Elizabeth Czarapata, 2005, University of Wisconsin Press
Field Guide to the Invasive Plants of the Midwest, Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Pocket Naturalist Guide to the Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States, Waterford Press (available in fall 2007)
Earthworms of the Great Lakes Region, Great Lakes Worm Watch, Natural Resources Research Institute, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, MN 55811, (218) 720-4294
Kelly Kearns, DNR plant conservation program manager, (608) 267-5066
Julia Solomon, DNR/UWEX aquatic invasive species educator, (608) 267-3531 (DNR); (608) 261-1092 (UWEX)
Brock Woods, Wisconsin purple loosestrife control coordinator, (608) 221-6349
Tom Boos, DNR forestry invasive plant specialist, (608) 266-9276
Jane Cummings-Carlson, DNR forest health coordinator, (608) 275-3273
Ron Martin, DNR aquatic invasive species specialist, (608) 266-9270
Armund Bartz, DNR West Central regional ecologist, (608) 785-9019
Owen Boyle, DNR Southeast regional ecologist, (414) 263-8681
Joe Henry, DNR Northeast regional ecologist, (920) 662-5194
Ryan Magana, DNR Northern regional ecologist, (715) 635-4153
DNR South Central regional ecologist, (608) 275-3276
Mark Wetter, curator, Wisconsin State Herbarium, UW-Madison (608) 262-2792
Ted Cochrane, curator, Wisconsin State Herbarium, UW-Madison (608) 262-2792
Mark Renz, perennial systems weed ecologist, UW-Madison Dept. of Agronomy (608) 263-7437
Also consider contacting UW-Extension county horticultural agents, county conservation departments, local offices of the Department of Natural Resources or the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service with questions about managing invasive species.
@2007, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Endangered Resources, Publication ER-655-2007
Funding support from the Urban Horticulture – Wisconsin Program of the USDA CSREES, grant number 2006-45060-0372.
Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.