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Aquatic Plant Research
DNR Science Services researchers contribute to science based decision making. They provide background research that helps policy makers make educated decisions as to how to regulate both current and future invasive species.
DNR Science Services are currently in the process of providing easily accessible information on the identification, ecology, and management of non-native invasive aquatic plant species for addition to an existing field guide. This field guide is utilized locally and regionally as a taxonomic guide to non-native invasive species.
Upon request from an international non-profit organization, CABI, DNR Science Services created a comprehensive set of narrative literature reviews on nine invasive aquatic plant and algae species and published these reviews in the Invasive Species Compendium available at cabi.org. These reviews provide documentation on the current available scientific knowledge on a variety non-native invasive species, and provide resource managers and policy makers background information on distribution, ecology, and management. These narrative literature reviews are utilized internally and by multiple statewide and national organizations.
Recognizing a need for compiled, accessible information on potentially non-native and invasive aquatic plant and algae species, DNR Science Services created a comprehensive set of technical literature reviews on 65 potentially invasive aquatic plant and algae species to be considered for regulation under Chapter NR40. These reviews provide documentation on the current available scientific knowledge on a variety of non-native plant species, and provide resource managers and policy-makers background information on species being considered for regulation. These reviews are utilized internally and by multiple statewide and national organizations.
In 2001, the Wisconsin Legislature directed the DNR to establish a statewide program to control invasive species, and to create rules to identify, classify and control invasive species. DNR Science Services staff assisted with this effort by conducting technical reviews of 65 potentially invasive species. Researchers also led the WI Council on Invasive Species’ Aquatic Plant and Algae Species Assessment Group, comprised of technical experts from academia, government, industry, and other stakeholder groups. The Council reviewed potentially invasive species and recommended appropriate classifications for WI. In 2009, the Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control Rule (Chapter NR40, Wis. Adm. Code) was created, and current revisions are under way. NR40 provides Wisconsin with a rule similar to other neighboring states (MI, MN) to regulate the introduction of non-native and economically and ecologically damaging species.