Contact(s): Tara Bergeson, DNR invasive species team leader, 608-264-6043; Bernie Williams, DNR plant disease specialist, 608-444-6948
February 26, 2019
MADISON -Nominations are being accepted through April 1, 2019, for "Invader Crusaders," Wisconsin citizens and organizations who made significant contributions in 2018 to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm Wisconsin's native species and wetlands, forests, prairies, and lakes and rivers.
The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council is seeking nominations for individuals, groups, or organizations for their exemplary efforts at addressing issues surrounding terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, including plants and animals. The Invader Crusader Award will be presented in both volunteer and professional categories.
To nominate an individual or organization, download and fill out a nomination form available on the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council's Invader Crusader web page (exit DNR). Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel of Wisconsin Invasive Species Council members will review the nomination materials and select the award winners. All nominators and winners will be notified by mid-May.
Recipients of the awards will be recognized at an awards ceremony June 5 at Olbrich Gardens in Madison.
Invasive species are nonnative plants and animals that cause great ecological, environmental, or economic harm. Some can affect human health. Once an invasive species establishes, it can be difficult to control, so the most important action Wisconsinites should take is to avoid moving invasive species to uninfested sites in Wisconsin and to other states.