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Nominations are being accepted for
Nominations are being accepted for "Invader Crusader" awards. Past winner Valerie Stabenow helps control water hyacinth in Lake Winnecone to keep it from spreading.Photo credit: DNR

Contact(s): Tara Bergeson, DNR invasive species team leader, 608-264-6043,
February 20, 2020

MADISON, Wis. - Nominations are being accepted through March 23, 2020 for "Invader Crusaders," the Wisconsin citizens and organizations who made outstanding contributions in 2019 to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm Wisconsin's native wildlife and wetlands, forests, prairies, 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 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 webpage (exit DNR). Email the completed form to by March 23.

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 2020.

Recipients of the awards will be recognized at an awards ceremony on June 11 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison.

Invasive species are nonnative plants and animals that cause great ecological, environmental or economic harm, and some can even affect human health. Once an invasive species becomes established in an area, it can be difficult to control. The most important action Wisconsinites should take is to avoid moving invasive species or the materials that might harbor them to new places.

To learn more about what you can do to stop the spread of invasive species, visit the DNR invasive species webpage.

Last Revised: Thursday, February 20, 2020

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