October 1, 2013
MADISON - Grants to 31 communities to help them prepare for or respond to emerald ash borer, monitoring showing that Asian carp haven't expanded their range in Wisconsin waters, and development of a state strategic plan are among the highlights of the past year's efforts to prevent, detect, contain and control invasive species in Wisconsin, according to a newly released report.
"Invasive species management has been growing as a state priority over the past decade and we've made great progress in the past year as our partnerships to prevent, detect, contain and control invasive species have expanded," says Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "Our work together is making a big difference for our lakes, woods, wetlands and local economies."
The 2013 Invasive Species Report [PDF] highlights many of these partnerships as well as the successes and challenges facing the statewide invasive species program.
There are now 13 regional invasive plant groups helping organize and implement efforts to prevent, contain and control terrestrial invasive plants. These regional groups encompass 38 counties and thousands of volunteers.
In the world of aquatic invasive species, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, Wisconsin River Alliance, and county aquatic invasive species coordinators provide a foundation of cooperation across the state. As of 2013, there are 47 counties, hundreds of lake organizations, and thousands of volunteers actively participating in AIS prevention, containment and control efforts.
Highlights from this year include:
Emerald ash borer:
The report also highlights the challenges facing the invasive species program and where additional efforts are needed in order to protect Wisconsin lands and waters from some of the worst invaders. To learn more about these efforts and to read the full report, go to the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search for "invasives."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Chrystal Schreck (608)264-8590