In our world of globalization, many non-native species of
plants, fish and insects have found new homes in and around
Wisconsin. Some of these species are extremely invasive,
aggressively competing with our native creatures and their
It is important that we remain diligent and watchful
for invasive species. The key to minimizing their impact
is early identification. Many of the lakes around us have
already been infested by these invasive plants.
What can you do?
- Clean off all weeds and empty lake water from your boat
immediately after leaving a lake. Never put
your boat into a lake if you have weeds on it. Even a
small piece of a plant is enough to infest a lake.
- Don't transport firewood out of the area where it was
cut or bought. The Emerald Ash Borers main method of
transportation is infested firewood.
- Never cut, mow or weed whip Purple Loosestrife.
It only spreads it.
- Look over the invasive species below. Keep your
eyes open when you are fishing, swimming, boating, walking,
etc. If you think you have spotted an invasive species
be sure to mark the location. If feasible,
take a sample. Contact Don Dalton, Dave Hansen or Dick Hansen. Or,
you can email us here at
Below is information on just a few of the invasive species for
want to be most watchful.
(Click on any name or photo to get
more detailed information.)