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May 26, 2015

MADISON -- The 11th annual Invader Crusader Award ceremony will take place June 4, 1 p.m. at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. The public is invited to attend.

The Invader Crusader awards are presented annually by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council to honor Wisconsin citizens and organizations--both volunteer and professional--for their significant contributions to the prevention, management, education, or research of invasive species that harm Wisconsin's land and waters. The award recognizes efforts at all scales--from neighborhoods to statewide parks, lakes and forests. This year, a total of nine awards will be presented to individuals and groups from around the state.

"2015 marks another great year in the effort to control invasive species and reduce their impacts on the state," said Jack Sullivan, Department of Natural Resources representative on the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council. "Each year it is important to recognize those dedicated individuals and groups who make a difference in their communities by taking action against invasive species."

The Invader Crusader Awards ceremony kicks off Invasive Species Awareness Month, which runs through June. Invasive Species Awareness Month aims to raise awareness on the impacts of invasive species which threaten Wisconsin's water and land by displacing native plants and animals and by disrupting natural habitat systems. Invasives also threaten the productivity and economic viability of Wisconsin's agricultural and forest lands by creating overwhelming competition with crops and harming trees.

The awards ceremony will be followed by public tours of the gardens.

The Wisconsin Legislature created the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council in 2001. The Council is charged with providing recommendations to the Wisconsin DNR on invasive species classification and allocation of funds of invasive species control and conducting studies of issues related to controlling invasive species.2015 Invader Crusader Award Winners

Volunteer Individual Category

Volunteer Group Category

Professional Individual Category

Professional Individual Category

Organization Category

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dreux Watermolen, social science services section chief, 608-266-8931,

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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