COVID-19 Update:

Due to concerns relating to COVID-19 and community spread, the Cooperating for Woods and Wildlife workshop will be held in-person following social distancing guidelines established by the CDC. This is subject to change between now and August 1st.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Mead Wildlife Area Visitor Center

2148 County Hwy S, Milladore, WI 54454

At this workshop, speakers will share information about working with neighboring landowners to manage invasive species and support forest health. See more information about speakers below.

Lunch will be provided. Register online or by calling (715)343-6215. 


Speakers include:


Asa Plonsky - Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator for Golden Sands RC&D

Do you know what invasive species are on your property? Asa will teach attendees how to identify common woodland invasive plants and discuss Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs). CISMAs are geographically defined areas where landowners, natural resource managers, and other partners cooperate in the fight against invasive species. Asa will discuss where CISMAs are located in Wisconsin and how landowners can get involved in these groups.


Kari Hagenow - Door Peninsula Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy and President of the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin (IPAW)

In Door County, landowners in Jacksonport faced a daunting challenge. Phragmites, an invasive grass, was taking over their shorelines, making the area less attractive to wildlife and affecting scenic views. Landowners rallied together to tackle the issue and have seen incredible progress. Kari will share more details on this and other stories of success through landowner collaboration, along with resources to help your neighborhood tackle invasive species. 

Fritz Funk - Landowner/Volunteer

In 2015, water lettuce, a floating invasive plant that grows quickly and clogs waterways, was discovered in Lake Onalaska in La Crosse County. Thanks to quick action by volunteers, the threat was neutralized. Fritz will share the details of the story, including challenges and reasons the project was successful.

Andy Hart - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) WI State Forester

The NRCS can provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestry producers interested in controlling invasive species. Andy will share information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and how landowners can apply. 

Joshua Beneŝ - Executive Director of Golden Sands RC&D

The Wisconsin DNR's Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP) provides cost-share funding to landowners to remove invasive plants from their property. Joshua will share information about how landowners can apply for this program and will share examples of how neighboring landowners could work together to control certain species. 

This workshop is one in a three-part cooperative workshop series through the Woods and Wildlife for Today and Tomorrow Project. Learn more about the Woods and Wildlife for Today and Tomorrow Project Here!

Looking for Workshop Series Sponsors! If you or your organization are interesting in sponsoring lunch or helping to advertise this workshop series, please contact us!

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