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Non-native invasive species can have devastating ecological and economic impacts to communities. Industries such as forestry, agriculture, and outdoor recreation are all at risk, as are native fish and wildlife habitats. Invasive species are often widely dispersed across the landscape, and do not respect geopolitical boundaries. As such, this coalition strives to combine multi-agency resources and expertise to coordinate education and management of invasive species across borders, promoting best management practices that will help to slow the spread of these invaders.
Our cooperative is led led by a Board of Directors, and operates by donations and grant awards. Want to learn more about how you can help battle invasive species in the WRISC area? Check out our Calendar for upcoming events or contact the WRISC Coordinator for more information.
UPCOMING: WRISC December Board of Directors Meeting!
December 7th, 2016
Florence Natural Resource Center
- 5628 Forestry Dr, Florence, WI
Agenda and all other pertinent documents can be found on the Documents Page.
WRISC Board Meetings are open to all WRISC Partners, members, volunteers, and the public.
Teleconferencing options are available for those unable to join in person (see Agenda for call-in information)
WRISC's 2016 Fall Newsletter!
Check out WRISC's latest newsletter for invasive species monitoring techniques, control tips, and for information on one of our new grant projects!
WRISC Partner Survey
The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition wants to hear from you, our Partners! In an effort
to get as much feedback as possible on WRISC activities, in a easy format, we
have developed an online poll through Goggle Forms. The answers from this poll will help the
Board and staff to evaluate how well we are meeting our strategic management
goals, and what priorities we should have moving forward. It also includes questions to gauge our
communication with Partners.
This survey is for all WRISC formal Partners, their employees, members, and agents that work with WRISC and/or manage invasive species in the area. For any questions or comments contact Emily Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-774-1550x102.
times will vary based on the level of detail you wish to give, but it
should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. To access the the
survey go to http://goo.gl/forms/58pmmWM6zX.
Thank you for your time and feedback.
NEW Thistle ID Brochure is Here!
WRISC just recently completed this Invasive Thistle ID brochure with help from our Education and Outreach action team!
A big thanks to our funding sources which supported both the creation and printing of this brochure: The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development; The Wisconsin DNR Weed Management Area Private Forest Grant Program; and The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council. Thanks to their support hard copies of this brochure are available for invasive species management groups across the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin.
If you are interested in receiving hard copies of this brochure, contact Emily Anderson at email@example.com or 906-774-1550x102. Look for these brochures at our office (420 N Hooper Street Kingsford, MI) or coming soon to our Partner locations!
2016 Board Meeting Schedule
Wisconsin Invasives Law Updates!
After several proposed revisions, and a public comment period, updates to the law went into effect May 1, 2015.
Several of the changes can affect home and landowners since many landscape plants were added to the regulated list. To mitigate the effects of the law, Wisconsin growers and sellers will have a phase-out period to continue to sell existing stock already in the state.
HOWEVER, citizens in the WRISC area need to be aware that newly regulated species cannot be brought into the state. You may be able to buy several of these species in Michigan, but it is now illegal to bring them into Wisconsin.
Above: Japanese Barberry is one of the many species that are now regulated. Note, several horticultural plants only have specific cultivars, or varieties, regulated.
For more information, visit the Wisconsin DNR website.