Landing Blitz 2011

Purpose

The 2011 Landing Blitz will take place over the 4th of July weekend when boat traffic is high and the potential to spread aquatic invasive species (AIS) is great. The 2011 Landing Blitz will begin Thursday, June 30th and continue through Monday, July 4th As part of the event, we are encouraging all Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspectors to get out on their landings and share AIS prevention information with the boaters and anglers enjoying the lakes! Join your fellow inspectors around the state in demonstrating the required prevention steps boaters must take, providing stickers for boaters to place on their trailer posts to remind them of these steps, and educating boaters and anglers on Wisconsin's invasive species laws. Partnering organizations will be provided with Stop Aquatic Hitchikers towels to handout at the landings and media resources to help highlight the event locally.

Objective

With the summer boating season fast approaching, we are gearing up for another successful mid-summer landing blitz. This year's blitz will take place over the 4th of July weekend when boat traffic is high and the potential to spread aquatic invasive species (AIS) is great. The 2011 Landing Blitz will begin Thursday, June 30th and continue through Monday, July 4th As part of this year's event, we are encouraging all Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspectors to get out on their landings and share AIS prevention information with the boaters and anglers enjoying the lakes! Join your fellow inspectors around the state in demonstrating the required prevention steps boaters must take, providing stickers for boaters to place on their trailer posts to remind them of these steps, and educating boaters and anglers on Wisconsin's invasive species laws. Contact Jon Fischer (608)-261-6450 Jonathan.Fischer@wi.gov - if you or your lake organization plan to be a part of this year’s efforts to increase AIS awareness during one of the busiest weekends of the boating year. Partnering organizations will be provided with Stop Aquatic Hitchikers towels to handout at the landings and media resources to help highlight the event locally.

Outcome

The 2011 Landing Blitz took place over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, from June 30 to July 4.  This year's event was a true team effort featuring; Clean Boats, Clean Waters inspectors, DNR staff and wardens, WI SeaGrant interns, and UW Oshkosh interns all conducting boat inspections and sharing AIS prevention information at over 90 water bodies!  Inspectors did a great job of demonstrating the required steps for boaters, providing "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" stickers for boaters to place on their trailers, handing out towels, and  educating others on the importance of AIS prevention.   The Blitz also received a great deal of news coverage, which helps to spread AIS education to the general public and boaters who were not inspected over the course of the weekend.  Over 40 news agencies featured the Landing Blitz as a part of their content, and AIS prevention even appeared on 9 different TV news networks across the state! Thank you to all of the volunteers who participated in this year's Landing Blitz.  Your efforts are invaluable to protecting the beautiful natural resources that Wisconsin has to offer.

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