MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed June Invasive Species Action Month to encourage Wisconsin residents to help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. invasive species that harm native wildlife, wetlands, forests, grasslands, lakes and rivers.
Invasive species are non-native species, such as non-native plants, animals or pathogens, the introduction of which causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.
Humans move organisms all the time, often without realizing it. When a non-native species is introduced to a new location, the species can take over and spread quickly and widely throughout the area. When this happens, the spread can cause significant damage to the native ecosystem.
Some non-native species pose a direct threat to human or animal health through direct contact or ingestion. More information on the impacts of invasive species is available on the MRN website.
In his proclamation, Governor Evers recognizes the environmental and economic damage caused by invasive plants and animals across the state.
“Millions of dollars, public and private, are spent each year to control invasive plant and animal species in Wisconsin waters, wilderness, farmland and urban areas,” Governor Evers said.
Invasive species can be successful because they often leave predators and competitors behind in their native ecosystems. Without these natural checks and balances, they can reproduce quickly and outcompete native species.
In response, MNR is working with citizens and partners to slow the spread of invasive species through awareness, strategic planning and active management.
Information on how individuals and organizations can report, prevent and help control the spread of invasive species is available on the site MNR Invasive Species Webpage.