Group that combats invasive species seeks new partners

Guest editorial

The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition, or WRISC, invites you to join us as a partner.

WRISC was formalized in 2010 when the first round of partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, signifying their support for regional cooperation on invasive species education and management.

Since then, WRISC has grown to a coalition of 36 partners in Michigan and Wisconsin, representing citizen groups, organizations, businesses, schools and federal, state and local units of government.

Each partnership is a great benefit that strengthens our coalition as we continue to seek funding for invasive species management and education across our five-county service area, which includes the counties of Florence, Forest, and Marinette in Wisconsin, and Dickinson and Menominee in Michigan.

A broad base of local support increases WRISC’s chances of receiving grants to help prevent the spread of key invasive species threatening our local ecosystems. Grants are our major source of funding. In the past several years, we have secured approximately $1,000,000 in grants to support local invasive species projects and create jobs.

There is no cost to become a partner, and partners are eligible for election to the nine-member Board of Directors, the governing body that directs the course of WRISC activities. Any group, organization, or business can become a WRISC partner.

New partners are added at the annual meeting, which will take place June 6 in Florence, Wis.

If you have any questions about the MOU, contact WRISC’s Board of Directors or coordinator at

Our website also has more information about WRISC, our goals and our projects. All of our organizational documents, including bylaws, the strategic management plan and the Memorandum of Understanding can be found at

Those who wish to become a WRISC partner should contact WRISC’s coordinator, Lindsay Peterson, at or 906-774-1550, ext. 102.