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Know what you're looking for with help from the organizations and websites listed here.

© Frank J. Koshere

June 2007

Keeping up to speed

Stay current on the latest information about known invasive species.


To stay current on the latest information about known invasive species and spreading species under investigation, try these websites and contacts:

Invasive Plants

Invasive Species – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources general invasives information. A good starting point to learn about invasive plants and animals with details about programs to manage invasive species that affect forests, wildlife, parklands and aquatic environments. The site also has an excellent photo gallery of both invasive and non-native plants.

U.S. Forest Service – The U.S. Forest Service website on invasive plants in our region

Collecting and Reporting Guidelines – Guidelines for reporting sightings of invasive species

Protecting Native Plants and Animals – The Nature Conservancy

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species Program – DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Web page

Aquatic Invasive Species – DNR publications on aquatic invasive species

UW Extention Lakes Program

Aquatic Invasive Species – UW Sea Grant

Environmental Resource Center – A Handbook for education efforts


Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin offers many services including a speakers bureau, educational resources and a wonderful list serve.

Midwest Invasive Plant Network

Weeds Gone Wild – Plant Conservation Alliance's workgroup on alien plant invaders of natural areas

National Invasive Species Information Center

Great Lakes Worm Watch

General Plant Identification and Information

WisFlora: Wisconsin Vascular Plant Species – The Wisconsin State Herbarium database and descriptions of Wisconsin vascular plants

Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium – The UW-Stevens Point vascular plant database

Natural Resources Conservation Service – U.S. Department of Agriculture plant database

The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois - The Illinois Natural History Survey website contains macro photographs of seeds, fruits and flowers of native species.

Recommended Books

Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest, by Elizabeth Czarapata, 2005, University of Wisconsin Press

Field Guide to the Invasive Plants of the Midwest, Midwest Invasive Plant Network

Pocket Naturalist Guide to the Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States, Waterford Press (available in fall 2007)

Earthworms of the Great Lakes Region, Great Lakes Worm Watch, Natural Resources Research Institute, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, MN 55811, (218) 720-4294


Kelly Kearns, DNR plant conservation program manager, (608) 267-5066

Julia Solomon, DNR/UWEX aquatic invasive species educator, (608) 267-3531 (DNR); (608) 261-1092 (UWEX)

Brock Woods, Wisconsin purple loosestrife control coordinator, (608) 221-6349

Tom Boos, DNR forestry invasive plant specialist, (608) 266-9276

Jane Cummings-Carlson, DNR forest health coordinator, (608) 275-3273

Ron Martin, DNR aquatic invasive species specialist, (608) 266-9270

Armund Bartz, DNR West Central regional ecologist, (608) 785-9019

Owen Boyle, DNR Southeast regional ecologist, (414) 263-8681

Joe Henry, DNR Northeast regional ecologist, (920) 662-5194

Ryan Magana, DNR Northern regional ecologist, (715) 635-4153

DNR South Central regional ecologist, (608) 275-3276

Mark Wetter, curator, Wisconsin State Herbarium, UW-Madison (608) 262-2792

Ted Cochrane, curator, Wisconsin State Herbarium, UW-Madison (608) 262-2792

Mark Renz, perennial systems weed ecologist, UW-Madison Dept. of Agronomy (608) 263-7437

Also consider contacting UW-Extension county horticultural agents, county conservation departments, local offices of the Department of Natural Resources or the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service with questions about managing invasive species.

@2007, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Endangered Resources, Publication ER-655-2007

CREESlogo.gif - 7472 Bytes Funding support from the Urban Horticulture – Wisconsin Program of the USDA CSREES, grant number 2006-45060-0372.

Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.