About the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council

The Wisconsin Legislature created the 12-member Wisconsin Invasive Species Council to assist the Department of Natural Resources in establishing a statewide program to control invasive species.

Council members meet at Horicon, WI in 2016

Council members meet at Horicon, WI in 2016

Council Duties

The council makes recommendations to the department regarding:

  • A system for classifying invasive species.
  • A procedure for awarding cost sharing grants to control invasive species.

The council also conducts studies of issues related to controlling invasive species. Wisconsin law requires the Council to address:

  • The effect of the state’s bait industry on the introduction and spread of invasive species.
  • The effect of the state’s pet industry on the introduction and spread of invasive species.
  • The acquisition of invasive species through mail order and Internet sales.
  • Other issues as determined by the council.

Council Goals for 2015-2017 (PDF)

Council Committees

The council relies on four committees to carry out its work: Education, Research, Regulation, and Interagency Coordination. An Executive Committee provides overall direction for the council’s activities.