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Wisconsin's Third Annual Invasive Species Education Summit hosted by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be:


Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 from 8:30am 4:00pm

at Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek, WI


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  • 8:30      9:00       Registration/ coffee
  • 9:00      9:20       Welcome & Introductions
    Todd Matheson, WI Invasive Species Council                                                           
    Jennifer Feyerherm, WI Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • 9:20      9:30       Site introductions
    Erik Keisler, Beaver Creek Reserve
  • 9:20      10:00    Keynote:  Crazy Worms!
    Bernie Williams, DNR
  • 10:00      11:00  Local Projects
    Moderator:  Tom Boos, DNR
    West Central WI Invasive Plant Management Area
    Scott Caven, River Alliance of Wisconsin
    Jeanette Kelly, Beaver Creek Reserve
    Phyllis McKenzie, Riveredge Nature Center
  • 11:00      11:15  BREAK
  • 11:15      12:00  Statewide Projects
    Moderator:  Christa Wollenzien, DOT
    • First Detectors Network, Mark Renz, UW Extension
    • Worm Watch, Bernie Williams, DNR
    • Sea Grant fishing tournament efforts, Tim Campbell, Sea Grant
  • 12:00      12:10  NR40 Update
    Jennifer Feyerherm, WDNR
  • 12:10      12:30  Resource Sharing
  • 12:30      1:15    LUNCH
  • 1:15      2:15       Concurrent Breakout and Discussion Sessions Pick one
    • Challenging Common Beliefs
      Jake VanderZanden, UW-Madison, Department of Zoology
      Matt Dornbush, UW-Green Bay, Natural and Applied Sciences

      As invasive species educators we often describe invasive species as being abundant and impactful. While that can be the case, in some instances invasive species may just blend into their new ecological community and their impacts are minimal. There are also instances where multiple ecological interactions cloud the real source of an undesirable impact. Join our speakers as they briefly present on the mentioned scenarios and then help facilitate a discussion on how this information can allow us to better utilize our invasive species prevention and education resources.
    •  Creating Change in Your Community
      Thomas Crofton, Consulting Forester
      Shawn Graff, The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Inc.

      Ever wonder how to get the decision makers to take notice and invest in your community and project?  Tom and Shawn will discuss, present stories and experiences, and give insight on how to make those decision makers take notice.  Then an open discussion will follow to brainstorm and share information on ways to create change in your community.
    • Innovative Tools, Partnerships, and Challenges for Outreach
      Kelly Kearns, DNR, Natural Heritage Conservation
      Laura Herman, UW-Extension
      Colleen Robinson Klug, DNR, Forest Health

      A time to discuss what is important about invasive species outreach, the innovative tools we use including partnerships and ideas for tackling new challenges. Participants will be encouraged to share their experience, ideas and needs regarding outreach. Bring your best or worst outreach products and tools to share.
  • 2:15      2:20       Closing
  • 2:20     2:40        Resource Sharing / Break
  • 2:40      4:00       Closing and Hands-on Stations Round Robin
    • Terrestrial and wetland plant identification Kelly Kearns, DNR
    • Aquatic plant identification Laura Herman, UW-Extension
    • Wader cleaning/ boot cleaning Jodi Lepsch, DNR
    • Worm survey Bernie Williams, DNR
    • Phone-mapping invasives Tony Summers, UW-Extension

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