Identifying, Treating and Reporting Invasive Terrestrial Plants

Course Title:  Identifying, Treating and Reporting Invasive Terrestrial Plants

Course # 18S02

Dates:  June 6 and June 7, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Mercer Public Library, 2648 Margaret St, Mercer, WI 54547(if more than 12 students register, then a new venue will be required)

Fee: There is no fee for this class, but students must register as space is limited.

Objectives:  Students will learn about the negative impacts of invasive plants and about the organizations in the county and state that treat and monitor invasive species.  Students will learn about the most damaging invasive terrestrial species in the region, how to identify them, treat them, and report them.  During the second day, the group will visit known sites of invasive species in Iron County, learn about treatment techniques, and help remove invasive plants in the field.

Course structure:  The course will be given in 2 sessions, each 3 hours long, covering the following topics:

June 6:  The first session will include presentations on:

  • Introduction to invasive species and why they are important to manage.
  • Introduction to the Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area (NWCMA) and what this organization does in the region.
  • Priority terrestrial invasive plants in the area.
  • Iron County invasive species:  What is here and where are they?
  • Introduction to the Wisconsin First Detector Network. Invasive species management and UW Extension fact sheets.
  • Learn how to record invasive species in Wisconsin Using the GLEDN app.


June 7thThe second session will be a field day.  Students will travel to three sites:  Fisher Lake where there is a garlic mustard site, Beaver Lodge Road where there is a wild parsnip site, and Hwy FF where there is a Japanese knotweed site.  The group will go to the Little Turtle Flowage for lunch and a discussion of site restoration.  Students will learn about management techniques for the invasive species at each site and do some invasive species removal work.

Requirements:  Students should be interested in learning about invasive species and how they can be treated.  For the second day: Students should dress for hiking outside and be prepared to assist with some volunteer field work.  A couple of short walks and some bending required. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather.  Bring work gloves.  Bring water and pack a lunch.


Zach Wilson is the conservation specialist for the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department.

Ramona Shackleford is the coordinator for Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area.  She has a B.S. degree in zoology from U.W. Madison and a MS degree in Biological Sciences-Plant Ecology from UW Milwaukee.

Anne Pearce is the Wisconsin First Detector Network’s coordinator in Madison.  She has a B.S. in Soil Science and a M.S. in Water Resource Management from U.W Madison.