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Plant and Algae SAG (meetings and council)
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.