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Invasive Species Workshop

2017 Invasive Species Workshop Attracts 60

Battling Buckthorn was a hot topic at the 2017 Invasive Species Workshop, hosted on March 21, at R&D Catering Banquet Facility (Ready Randy's) south of New Richmond. The event was free to members and hosted by St. Croix Electric Cooperative.

Lee Shambeau, of 4Control, Inc.,(Menomonie) discussed a variety of control methods for local invasive species - especially Buckthorn. He also discussed the most effective methods of treatment, depending on the time of year, in order to best start getting a handle on patches of invasive plants. Shambeau works with private land owners, as well as state and federal agencies to identify and control invasive plant species. 4Control is the contractor utilized by St. Croix Electric Cooperative and numerous other electric cooperatives in Wisconsin to perform plant management applications under and near power lines and utility equipment. Shambeau's equipment and materials are approved (and used) by the DNR.

Controlling invasive species on private and public property is mandated by Wisconsin state law NR-40. According to the DNR, "The invasive species rule (Wis. Adm. Code ch. NR 40) makes it illegal to possess, transport, transfer, or introduce certain invasive species in Wisconsin without a permit. Everyone is responsible to comply with these regulations. What you need to do as an individual, business, or organization may vary depending on your type of work and activities." More details and information can be found online at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Invasives/classification.html

A limited number of materials from the March 21 Invasive Species Workshop are available to SCEC members. Contact Dana Bolwerk, SCEC communications and events coordinator (communications@scecnet.net or calling 715-796-7000) to inquire.

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