SAWYER COUNTY: Sawyer County AIS Coordinator


The Sawyer County Land & Water Conservation Department will sponsor a project to continue funding of a county AIS coordinator position which was originally created in 2006. The position has increased awareness of invasive species throughout the county and has provided needed resources for lake associations and shoreline owners. The guidance and expertise of an AIS Coordinator will continue to be a critical tool for lake associations, tribal partners and local units of government as they work on AIS issues. The project includes the following goals: 1) Integrate Sawyer County Land & Water Conservation Department mapping program and invasive data base; 2) Map and monitor aquatic invasive species in Sawyer County; 3) Educate lake residents (public) about AIS activities and control options; 4) Ensure lake associations have assistance to properly manage AIS issues on their lakes. Project deliverables include: 1) Map of Sawyer County AIS locations; 2) Database with AIS information including location and treatment history; 3) AIS surveys on 10-15 lakes a year; 4) Purple loosestrife biocontrol projects; 5) Rapid response and control plans on lakes, as needed; 6) Provide education and resources at all levels (area visitors, town officials, lake association members etc.) Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS ;3) Provide brief annual progress reports to lakes coordinator; 4) Contact Erin Henneger (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to obtain assistance with training of the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs.

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