Our Multi-Year Invasive Species Project

 

 

Our invasive species campaign

(buckthorn, barberry, non-native honeysuckle)

is the MIWP's biggest multi-year project ever.

 

Here's a quick timeline:

 

2007

  • Buckthorn Task Force established.
 

2008

BUCKTHORN BUCKAROOS PARADE ENTRY

BUCKTHORN BUCKAROOS PARADE ENTRY

WASHBURN BOY SCOUT TROOP

WASHBURN BOY SCOUT TROOP

  • Fourth of July parade theme: Buckthorn Buckaroos!
  • Organized volunteer work days.
  • Washburn boy scout troop helps out.
 

2009-2010

  • Organized volunteer work days.
 

2011

  • Realizing that there is more work than can be done with volunteers only, MIWP and Town of La Pointe jointly host an AmeriCorps group to cut buckthorn. MIWP donates $20,000 in housing and materials. Unfortunately the AmeriCorps group is pulled early to deal with crises elsewhere. 
 

2013

ETHAN ROSSING – INVASIVE SPECIES INTERN (AND TURTLE WRANGLER)

ETHAN ROSSING – INVASIVE SPECIES INTERN (AND TURTLE WRANGLER)

  • MIWP and Town of La Pointe jointly hire two invasive species interns (Ethan Rossing for 5 months, Stephen Thielking for two months). MIWP donates $10,000 outright, and $15,000 from a Wisconsin DNR grant, as well as housing for the interns and intern management.
  • Concentration on mapping of invasive species; cutting buckthorn and barberry; landowner involvement and education; and a comprehensive five year plan.
 

2014

BLAKE ROMENESKO AND HAYLEY WEYERS 

BLAKE ROMENESKO AND HAYLEY WEYERS 

  • MIWP and Town of La Pointe jointly hire two invasive species interns (Hayley Weyers and Blake Romenesko, each for three months). MIWP donates $10,000 outright and $13,000 from a Wisconsin DNR grant. MIWP also provides housing and intern oversight.
  • Interns do lots of cutting and working with landowners.
 

2015

  • MIWP is actively seeking a renewed DNR grant as well as grants from other sources. MIWP is working with Northland College which has been a wonderful source of excellent student interns. 
  • Fourth of July parade theme: Madeline's Invasive Species!