Land Trust Outreach And Invasive Species Coordination For 2015

Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve, the Town of La Pointe, and the Madeline Island Ferry Line have collaborated for the third summer in hiring summer interns to coordinate control of invasive plant species. The 2014 season was enormously successful with work on 46 private properties. For this year Rebecca Flesh and Brigid Reina, Northland College rising seniors, have been hired to work on the Island from June 1st to August 28th. Their mission will be educational outreach focused on management and control of invasive buckthorn, barberry and honeysuckle. Rebecca and Regina are available to identify invasive species on any private lands, to treat if necessary, and to help landowners develop a long-term management plan. They can be reached through the Town of La Pointe (715-747-6913) or the Town Foreman, Kristian Larson (715-747-6855,

My name is Rebecca Flesh, a third year student attending Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. I am pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resources and a minor in Environmental Studies. In past years I have worked for Northland College's Native Plant Landscaping program and the U.S. Forest Service LaCroix Ranger District serving in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In my free time I enjoy playing chess, hiking, biking, taking photographs, and learning about our diverse ecosystems. I am proud to be a part of this year's Land Trust Outreach and Invasive Species Coordination team!



Hi, my name is Brigid Reina, and I’m currently a senior at Northland College. I’m about to graduate this May with a double major in Biology and Natural Resources (Ecological Restoration emphasis), and a minor in music. I enjoy playing for the softball team and participating in orchestra and band at Northland. I also have a great love for the outdoors and can often be found kayaking, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, and cross country skiing in my free time. Though I grew up in Garden City, New York, I have lived in northern Wisconsin for almost four years and have really come to love and appreciate the natural beauty of the area. I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to preserve the natural beauty of such a unique place as Madeline Island.