‘Invader Crusaders’ to Receive Awards for Controlling Invasive Species

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MADISON – Five individuals and one group who have made significant contributions to slowing the spread of invasive plants and aquatic species in Wisconsin are being honored at a ceremony June 2. The Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species [invasivespecies.wi.gov] (exit DNR) will present awards to six “Invader Crusaders” recognizing their special efforts to fight invasive species in the state. The award ceremony will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol.

“These winners are among thousands of citizens who educate boaters at launches on how to properly inspect, clean and drain their boats, pull invasive plants from their local parks and participate in a variety of other activities to prevent the spread of invasive species in Wisconsin,” says Christal Campbell, an aquatic invasive species education specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

2008 award recipients include: for professional efforts: Jerry Doll, Waunakee; Ron Martin, Lodi; and Greg Long, New Berlin. For voluntary efforts: Gene Roark, Madison; Ryan Everson, Rhinelander (youth award). And for the organization award: Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area.

In addition, the council will also recognize the winners of a “Stop the Aquatic Invasion” poster contest. The contest was open to fourth and fifth grade students throughout the state. Students were asked to do some research to find out about invasive species that take over Wisconsin waters and then create posters highlighting the traits of one or more of these species. A first-prize winner, three runners-up, and a few honorable mentions were chosen from the more than 500 entries received.

The top four poster creators will be honored at the June 2 ceremony. Their posters, along with the honorable mentions, will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda June 2-13. The 1st Place Winner was Turner Poad, Mineral Point Elementary; 2nd Place- Samantha White, Martin Luther Christian; Tie for 3rd Place- Claudia Engebose, Luzemburg-Casco Intermediate and Virginia Rose Laura Lee, Lumen Christi Catholic. Honorable Mentions included: Joshua Ray Campbell, Turtle Lake School; Dustin James Eder, Turtle Lake School; Emma Flood, Martin Luther Christian; Madeline Harty, Magee Elementary; Nicole Ann Peterson, Luxemburg-Casco Intermediate.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Christal Campbell – (608) 264-8976