A community training event to learn about identification, impacts, and management of invasive Phragmites and knotweeds. Participants will also learn how they can get involved in ongoing monitoring projects and updates will be provided on current efforts to control these species in Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties.
OWLT, UW-Extension, Wisconsin's First Detector's Network, and the Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park are co-hosting the event. All are welcome to attend (e.g. landowners, land managers, students, environmental groups, concerned citizens, etc.)!
Registration is appreciated. To register, contact Doris Kultgen, DNR (920-451-4080 or ).
The event is free and state park fees will be waived for those attending the event.
Mark Renz (Ph.D) is an assistant professor and extension weed specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Renz researches and extends information about the biology and management of invasive plants. Research goals in Dr. Renz’s lab are centered on developing information that will improve management by improving the knowledge and understanding of invasive plant biology. Dr. Renz has over 15 years of experience with management of invasive plants throughout the United States.
Anne Pearce coordinates the Wisconsin First Detector Network, a citizen science network that empowers people to take action against invasive species. She supports WIFDN’s volunteer citizen scientists and develops and facilitates online and in person trainings. She holds an M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Prior to joining WIFDN, Anne spent several years teaching environmental education and working on conservation projects across the country.
Christine Bohn coordinates Ozaukee Washington Land Trust's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project. The project focuses on controlling invasive plants and promoting the reestablishment of native communities. By enhancing public awareness of the impact of invasive species on natural ecosystems, project efforts will increase the capacity of concerned citizens to control invasive species on their properties. Christine is currently working with shoreline and riparian homeowners in Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties to control invasive Phragmites and knotweeds.