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Invasive Species Month gets a new name and focus

Published by Central Office June 12, 2018

Contact(s): Tara Bergeson, DNR invasive species team coordinator, 608-264-6043; Kelly Kearns, DNR conservation biologist, 608-267-5066

Moves from Awareness to Action; Invader Crusader Award Winners Announced

MADISON - After 15 years, Invasive Species Awareness Month is getting a new name and focus: Wisconsin Invasive Species Action Month.

"Now that many Wisconsin residents and visitors are aware of the problems with invasive species, the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council has changed the name and focus of the month to move people from awareness to action," says Tom Buechel, the council's chair.

Invasive species are nonnative plants and animals that can cause ecological, environmental, or economic harm; some can affect human health. Emerald ash borer, quagga mussel, buckthorn, reed canary grass, oak wilt disease, gypsy moth, garlic mustard and purple loosestrife are all examples.

"Once an invasive species gets established, it can be extremely difficult to control, so the most important action Wisconsinites can take is to avoid moving invasive species to un-infested sites in Wisconsin and to other states," says Drew Feldkirchner, who leads DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program, which coordinates DNR invasive species efforts.

To prevent accidentally spreading emerald ash borer, oak wilt and gypsy moth, campers and recreationists should obtain firewood locally, and buy only firewood certified as safe by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) or by USDA. Learn more on DNR's website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "firewood."

Anglers and boaters can help protect lakes and rivers by cleaning recreational equipment after every use and draining all water from gear before leaving a site. If possible, wash gear with hot water and dry it for five or more days between uses. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search "aquatic invasive species."

Gardeners and landscapers can prevent spreading invasive species by planting and promoting only native plants or non-native plants that don't expand beyond the garden or seed into other areas. . For more information visit the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin (IPAW) website at www.ipaw.org.

2018 Invader Crusaders award winners take the stage; Video Challenge winner announced

Winners of the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council's Invader Crusader Awards were recognized at an awards ceremony June 6 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. All recipients have made significant contributions to the identification, prevention, and control of invasive species in Wisconsin, and to educating the people in their regions, Buechel says.

The 2018 Invader Crusader winners were honored in a June 6 ceremony highlighting their efforts to control invasive species. Left to right: Gary Nelson, Friends of Festge Park; Brad Herrick, UW-Arboretum Ecologist; Jeanette Hoard, and David Earles of the Friends of Festge Park; Ruth Marshall, Town of Nashota Weed Commissioner; Sara Fox, Brad Steckart and Jenna Bales, Waukesha/Washington Counties Aquatic Invasive Species Team - video contest winner; Ken Raffa, UW Entomology Department; Jim Reinartz, UW-Milwaukee Field Station Director; and Tim Gerber, UW-La Crosse Biology Department.  - Photo credit: DNR
The 2018 Invader Crusader winners were honored in a June 6 ceremony highlighting their efforts to control invasive species. Left to right: Gary Nelson, Friends of Festge Park; Brad Herrick, UW-Arboretum Ecologist; Jeanette Hoard, and David Earles of the Friends of Festge Park; Ruth Marshall, Town of Nashotah Weed Commissioner; Sara Fox, Brad Steckart and Jenna Bales, Waukesha/Washington Counties Aquatic Invasive Species Team - video contest winner; Ken Raffa, UW Entomology Department; Jim Reinartz, UW-Milwaukee Field Station Director; and Tim Gerber, UW-La Crosse Biology Department. Photo credit: DNR
Last Revised: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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