Last summer Wisconsin Wetlands Association, with the support of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the help of more than twenty natural resource agencies, conservation and education organizations, and individuals, coordinated a road survey of thirteen Great Lakes coastal counties. More than 140 volunteers logged more than 6,000 miles and found more than 600 sites infested with purple loosestrife. The results of the 2002 survey can be found on the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission’s website:www.glifwc-maps.org.
This year, thanks to continued funding from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and American Transmission Company, and with new funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, We Energies Foundation, and Dairyland Power Cooperative, the invasive plant program will be expanded. Approximately half of Wisconsin – 30 to 40 counties – will be surveyed for purple loosestrife, and all coastal counties will also be surveyed for the invasive giant reed grass (Phragmites). Citizen volunteers are being trained in a series of short workshops in each county. Additional training will be provided to individuals who wish to participate in the purple loosestrife biological control program coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. For more information check WWA’s website:www.wiscwetlands.org.