The Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area (NCWMA) is a collective group of state and federal agencies, municipalities, tribes, nonprofits, community organizations, and individuals who have come together to combat invasive species in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties in northern Wisconsin.
Anyone can participate!
Invasive non-native plants can have devastating impacts on fish and wildlife habitat, timber and agricultural yields, recreational and subsistence opportunities, native plant communities, and local economies. Purple loosestrife, leafy spurge, reed canary grass, spotted knapweed, Eurasian water milfoil, and common buckthorn are examples of invasive non-native plants that can be found in northern Wisconsin.
Because these invasive plants disperse widely across the landscape and across property boundaries, it makes sense to work together to manage them. In addition, the number of new invasive species being introduced into local ecosystems continues to out-pace control activities, and is too much for any one agency or person to manage alone.
The Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area provides a forum to share information and resources, collaborate on planning, and cooperate on invasive species management in northern Wisconsin.
The NCWMA holds monthly meetings open to the public.
Our next meeting is:
Tuesday, December 10th at 9:00 AM at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.
Emerald Ash Borer has now been found in the City of Superior reslulting in a quarantine for Douglas County. See the City's EAB page for more information.
Another new invader to northwest Wisconsin has been found in SW Ashland County, Japanese hedge-parsley. If you find any evidence of this plant or the emerald ash borer, please contact us.