USDA Forest Service’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest announces 2018 invasive plant control strategy

Contact(s): Veronica Hinke, 715-362-1354

RHINELANDER, Wis. (June 7, 2018) – The 2018 edition of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s invasive species website contains the latest information about the forest’s plan to control non-native plants.

Resource specialists analyzed 546 newly detected invasive plant sites and control work is being prioritized for this season. Possible control methods include cutting, pulling, and/or herbicide application.

Details about the program can be found in the New Invaders Newsletter.

Among the higher priority species to target are those that invade forested areas and include garlic mustard, buckthorn and Asiatic honeysuckle.

High priority areas include the Moquah barrens, a globally imperiled ecosystem in Bayfield County. “Here we desire to prevent the spread of open-land invasive plants such as spotted knapweed and leafy spurge,” said Leesha Howard-McCauley, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District environmental coordinator.”

“The good news is that most of the invasive plant sites are relatively small in size. If response is quick, it might prevent the infestations from growing larger and moving into other areas,” Howard-McCauley said.

For more than 15 years the CNNF has been working with Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) groups in northern Wisconsin.  

“Plants don’t recognize property boundaries,” explained forest botanist Marjory Brzeskiewicz. “Through these partnerships we have been able to assist in prevention and control of non-native plants on neighboring lands and have helped educate the public on this issue.”

“The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest always welcomes information from any source on occurrences of invasive plants,” she said. “You can help us by contacting the nearest Ranger District office with information on sites you have found. If you would like to volunteer, we can direct you to your local CISMA.”

For detailed information and to find maps and information on how the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest controls invasive plants, visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s Non-Native Invasive Species Web page:


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