Wisconsin DNR unit seeks nominees for Invader Crusaders who fight invasive species
MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Anyone who has preyed on invasive species that prey on Wisconsin’s native wildlife, wetlands, forests prairies, lakes and rivers can become an official Invader Crusader in an annual contest.
The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, an advisory group to the state Department of Natural Resources is accepting nominations for Invader Crusaders through March 29.
The council presents awards in volunteer and professional categories for those who have made significant contributions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species.
To nominate an individual or organization, download and complete a nomination form from the Invader Crusader webpage and email the completed form to Invasive.Species@wisconsin.gov by March 29.
A panel of council members will select award winners. Nominators and winners will be notified by mid-May, and winners will be recognized in June during Invasive Species Action Month.
Invasive species are nonnative plants and animals that cause ecological, environmental or economic harm. Some can even affect human health. An invasive species can be challenging to control once it establishes a toehold in an area.
In Wisconsin, industries that face harm from invasive species include sport and commercial fishing, forestry, agriculture and raw water users, including power companies, industrial water users and municipal water plants. These expenses often are passed on to consumers through factors such high water and electric bills.
One of the most effective ways to protect native ecosystems and wildlife is to avoid moving invasive species or the materials that might harbor them to new places.
More information about halting the spread of invasive species, is available on the DNR invasive species webpage.
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